Lions for Lambs
- 1 hr 28 min
Lions For Lambs is a political drama about wartime politics. The movie was directed by Robert Redford and follows three different story lines that ultimately connect with one another in relation to the conflict in Afghanistan. In the first plot line, Tom Cruise plays a senator that is giving an exclusive interview to a major news reporter, played by Meryl Streep. The senator divulges information about current conflict in Afghanistan and the plan for the conflict going forward. He also discusses with the reporter the role of the media in the war and how it can adversely affect the way he does his job and how the government orchestrates the war. Meanwhile, the reporter pushes for more information while subtly hinting that the war is a mistake. Another plot line follows two young soldiers, played by Michael Pena and Derek Luke, who are in Afghanistan fighting. While on a mission they are separated from the rest of their troops and must fend for themselves in a dangerous situation in the mountains of Afghanistan, as enemy combatants are quickly closing in while they wait to be rescued. In the end, the film shows them with little hope of escaping the situation alive. In the final story line, Redford plays a political science professor in California that is sitting down with one of his students, played by Andrew Garfield, during his office hours. The professor and the student debate the student's role in the class, his work ethic, as well as his upbringing as a spoiled rich kid. Eventually, the professor shares the story of how the two soldiers played by Pena and Luke were once students in his class and announced during a class presentation that they were joining the military. These intermixing plot lines make Lions For Lambs a political drama that provides realistic insight into wartime politics.