Lions for Lambs

(USA, 2007, 92 minutes)

A weary but idealistic college professor attempts to prod a disaffected student into civic engagement as two of his former students, who joined the military, are part of a new plan for success in Afganistan that a Washington senator tries to sell to a suspicious journalist. Earnest but stodgy topical drama of American politics that is well-meaning and cleverly articulated as a theoretical debate but listless and dull as cinema, despite good production values and a couple of excellent star performances; the parts are greater than their sum.

A Twentieth Century-Fox release. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and United Artists present a Wildwood Enterprises/Brat Na Pont/Andell Entertainment production. Starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield, Peter Berg, Kevin Dunn; and Derek Luke. Directed by Robert Redford; produced by Robert Redford, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Andrew Hauptman, Tracy Falco; written by Matthew Michael Carnahan; music by Mark Isham; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Philippe Rousselot; production designer, Jan Roelfs; costume designer, Mary Zophres; film editor, Joe Hutshing.


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