Sunday, January 13, 2008

Lions for lambs

Here is the synopsis of Lions for Lambs: the story begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates…
The part I found interesting was the one with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. They speak about the Iraqi disaster, and the senator (Cruise) admits some errors, but the main issue at hand is the senator - a key military adviser to the President -trying to sell a new plan of attack in Afghanistan to the sceptical journalist (Streep). We can see how desperate the US administration is. All the administration wants is to win by all means regardless of the casualties.
In the whole the film is really interesting and I would advise it to anyone who is interested by the Middle East war and the way the war is handled by the United States.

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