Of all seven movies that Redford has directed this has to be the worst. In fact, this is one of the worst movies I can remember seeing in years.
The movie is really one long boring conversation on 9/11, civics, the war, and our responsibility with making the world a better place. It's windy, preachy, and exasperating to watch.
Tom Cruise character is a Senator, Meryl Streep is a reporter and I am still wondering what that LONG interview was about. Not only was it lengthy but I got the feeling that all of the actors were talking to the audience rather than each other. In other words the movies main theme is "War is bad" and here are the MANY reasons that it is.
You expected any minute that Redford would point to the screen and say "Now you know the facts, what will you do?"
There's no action. No plot. No story line. For the entire length of the movie you get conversation. Let me back up a bit, the movie does spend a short time showing you the friendship between two college students who decide to leave school and join the military. To sum it all up, this short little "action" between all the conversation is really not worth anything and, to me, totally unrealistic. But even that doesn't last long and we are back to all that wordy dialogue.
This one is just plain horrible. Has NO entertainment value. I don't even recommend buying the DVD when it's released. Awful!!!