Number of Times Seen – 2 (3 Dec 2007 and 5 Nov 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Three interweaving stories related to the ongoing war in the Middle East told from the perspectives of a professor and his student, a reporter and a politician and soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
My Take on it – I always love a good political debate and this movie really gives us that.
The idea to show us three sides of a story is a clever one and Robert Redford really does a nice job directing this.
The dialogue is superbly written and is very engaging throughout.
Redford along with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise are all wonderful at getting their point across.
The problem I had with this movie is that it feels way too short to be effective enough. The last third feels very rushed and had they expanded it even more, i think this movie would have been more of a success because in the current form it lacks real closure but still leaves us with a lot to think about.
Bottom Line – Great idea for a movie because it raises many issues to debate about the war (which is still going on 8 years after this movie came out). Great cast. Unfortunately, it feels too short and isn’t able to give us enough closure by the end. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview to the Variety magazine, Tom Cruise said he had made the film out of deep respect for Robert Redford’s body of work, which he said had inspired him since Ordinary People (1980). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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