Lions for Lambs

Movie description: Injuries sustained by two Army Ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

Overall, it was a pretty good movie. The movie doesn’t lean to the left or right in anyway; you are basically listening to the arguments between the extreme left journalist and the extreme right Congressman. Obviously some of the things said will just piss you off, regardless of your political views. It relates well to the issues of the present (GWOT, OIF, anti-war types, etc). Two bright college kids decide to join the Army, ultimately ending up in the 75th Ranger Regiment (well, they’re sporting scrolls). The military portrayal of the movie wasn’t horrible. The "strategy" was, however. The movie eerily mirrors some of the events of the Battle of Takur Ghar (Roberts Ridge).

Two things about the movie that would bother most military types looking for an accurate portrayal of the military: #1) Everyone in the unit was sporting the exact same combat patch, and the man in charge had that patch on their right shoulder, on his left shoulder (yet he was their superior….). I know, minor detail….. The other issue was that the two Rangers did do plenty of shooting at shadows, rather than engaging an actual target, thus killing their ammo supply. Not as Regiment trains/fights, but again, a movie being critiqued by a site that is run by and dedicated to special operations. They did, however, live up to the Ranger standard by never leaving a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy (as per the Ranger Creed). I won’t spoil it for you, but that is what I enjoyed best about the movie.

My two cents: It is worth seeing the DVD.


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