Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers.Written by
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »
When Janine is riding past the White House in the taxi near the end of the movie, her view of the White House, as represented during her passing, cannot be obtained from a taxi since those streets are closed to vehicular traffic. Also, her view of the rows of graves in Arlington Cemetery during the same sequence cannot be obtained from a taxi since the paved paths in Arlington are closed to ordinary vehicular traffic as a taxi would be. See more »
Robert Redford directs this political thriller about the war in Iraq, which takes a look at the war through three different sets of eyes. Story one: A school teacher (Redford) tries to talk a talented student that he could do something special to change the future in our country. Story two: A hot-shot Senator (Tom Cruise) does an interview with a smart journalist (Meryl Streep) as he lays on her his new plan of attack in Afghanistan. Story three: Two of Redford's previous students (Michael Pena, Andrew Garfield) are now fighting in Afghanistan and are caught behind enemy lines. These three small stories make up the majority of dialogue, which is all political and all of which comes off rather boring and childish. There are some tough questions asked but for the most part the film doesn't offer anything we could see and hear on CNN, Fox or MSNBC. The film is incredibly disappointing since Redford's previous films were mostly great but I'm really not sure what happened here. The movie runs a short 88-minutes and stays to the point throughout but in the end there really wasn't any point at all. Nothing is said, done or learned at the end of the movie and I walked out wondering what the point of the movie was. For the most part Redford and the screenplay treat both sides fairly with both given good and bad points. Another shocking thing is that three great actors like Redford, Streep and Cruise don't really give that memorable of performances. Both Pena and Garfield as the soldiers steal the film and are in the best moment of the movie when they stand up in Redford's college class and talk about poor kids entering the war and why a draft is needed. Redford and Streep both get one scene where they shine but for the majority of the film they are on standard mode. Cruise is one of my favorite current actors but he's really out of place in his role and his scenes with Streep certainly drag the film down badly. The music score is one impressive thing but that's not enough to keep this movie going, although the ending is handled nicely by Redford.
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