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The Cinema Review: Lions for Lambs / Into the Wild / Planet Terror

This week the cinema releases under the microscope are Lions for Lambs, Into the Wild and Planet Terror.

The Cinema Review 09-11-07

Lions for Lambs is a drama dealing with the current war on terror by focusing on three interconnected stories: a Senator (Tom Cruise) briefs a journalist (Meryl Streep) about a new government strategy for Afghanistan conflict; a college professor (Robert Redford) tries to awaken a promising but apathetic student (Andrew Garfield); and two US soldiers (Michael Pena and Derek Luke) become stranded on an Afghan mountain.

Into the Wild is Sean Penn‘s fourth film as a director and tells the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), who dropped out of his middle class background to wander the US for two years, before living in the wilds of Alaska. Along the way he meets a variety of characters amidst the backdrop of the American landscape. Catherine Keener, Hal Holbrook, Jena Malone, Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt co-star.

Planet Terror is the other half of the Grindhouse project, where Robert Rodriguez teamed up with Quentin Tarantino to make a double bill of exploitation-style films. Sadly, the film was split in two after a disappointing run at the US box office. Death Proof was the Tarantino film and now Rodriguez’s is released here. It is the tale of a mysterious green mist that turns a Texan town into zombies and a group of survivors (that includes Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez and Michael Biehn) who must escape.

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