All roar and no bite.
Ciaran from Dublin, 22 Apr 2008
A mostly entertaining debate movie about the USA's place in the modern world. The premise sounds heavy and unwelcoming but the actual delivery is very accessible, if lacking any real bite. Cruise plays Cruise as the new-age Republican who vies for more war and a 'lets show em who's boss' attitude while Streep is the disillusioned old reporter who has seen it all before. Redford tries to draw reactions out of his students at the plight of the USA. All high moral ground but lacks ooomf!
Lions for Lambs
Lee from Kerry, 01 Sep 2008
Funny thing about this movie is you need to watch it twice to appreciate the arguments, and yet some people may regret sitting through it once. It has the feel of a stage play put to a movie which is unfortunate because the screenplay is actually brilliant and the concepts are very thought provoking. The scenes with Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep are too long and detract from Robert Redford (TOTALLY BRILLIANT!) and the rest of the cast but its a movie you'll be thinking about for ages
David from Sligo, 03 Apr 2008
The storyline is a bit of a mismatch and trying to make a point, so it requires a little deep thinking to get the benefit of viewing it in the first place. The movie has big stars, which I believe, the script has led to underperformance by Cruise and Redford, but all actors give a fair performance to upgrade the rating. It does leave an empty feeling at the end. Worth viewing to get al alternative viewpoint of American involvement in Afgan campaign.
'Lions For Lambs'
Fiona from Dublin, 03 Sep 2008
It wasn't as bad as many reviews I read online etc suggested. I wasn't keen on the Tom Cruise/Meryl Streep storyline and thought it added nothing to the movie. However the Robert Redford storyline was very good.
It is basically two storylines (the Robert Redford part being a kind of past and present story) that are directly related but not necessarily intertwining.
It is worth a viewing as long as you go in with fairly low expectations.
Maggie from Mayo, 31 Mar 2008
This films tries to address many issues, including the political and media contributions to the Iraq war. It has some good individual lines, but many scenes are too lengthy, and the film tries too hard to make its point. Some good performances, but the film would benefit from much more extensive editing.