Anti-war Hollywood Speaks Out

Responding to a hungry anti-war audience, Hollywood has produced a dozen of start-studded movies critical of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Anti-war Hollywood Speaks Out

Responding to a hungry anti-war audience, Hollywood has produced a dozen of start-studded movies critical of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, in what industry experts say is the time that anti-war movies are coming out while conflicts are still raging.

"I think the outpouring of movies reflects the widespread public disenchantment with the war," Darrell West, who specializes in politics and mass media at Brown University, Rhode Island, told the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, August 14.

Several Hollywood films dealing with America divided, the national debate over Iraq and Afghanistan, and other consequences of the 9/11 attacks are due for release or being made.

Lions for Lambs, scheduled for release on November 9, interweaves the stories of two American students who joined the US military in Afghanistan, their role model professor (Robert Redford), a senator and presidential hopeful (Tom Cruise) and a journalist (Meryl Streep).

The trailer shows Cruise in his office shouting at the journalist: "Do you want to win the war on terror? Yes or no? This is the quintessential yes or no question of our time."

Grace is Gone, due out in October, looks at the impact the Iraq war left on an American family after the soldier mother was killed in combat.

The husband (John Cusack) does not have the courage to tell his two young daughters that their mother has died, so instead he decides to take them on a road trip, perhaps not to just make it easier on the girls but to make it easier for himself as well.

The Valley of Elah, due for release on September 14, is about Post Traumatic Disorder (PSTD) afflicting Iraq war veterans.

The movie stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and outspoken anti-war critic Susan Sarandon.

Redacted, to be released in December, features US soldiers persecuting an Iraqi family.

Stop Loss deals with a veteran who refuses to return to Iraq and is scheduled for release next March.

Others movies focuses on the consequences of the 9/11 attacks.

Rendition, due out in October, is about the ordeal of the family of an Egyptian chemical engineer arrested by the US and put on one of the notorious rendition flights to be later interrogated and tortured in a secret CIA prison.

The wife (Reese Witherspoon) embarks on a quest to find him at all costs.

Unprecedented

Experts believe that making critical films while conflicts are still being fought is unprecedented in Hollywood's history.

"It took longer with Vietnam," said West, the politics and the mass media expert.

In 1978, three years after the end of the Vietnam war, American directors started making anti-war movies like Der Hunter and Coming Home.

"I think there are things we did not find out about the Vietnam war until after," said Jerry Sherlock, director of the New York Film Academy.

"I think now the American public is much more advanced. There are fairly few people saying our flag right or wrong."

He hopes the star-studded movies would have a positive effect, especially when nearly all of them are exposing the ugly sides of the administration's wars

"The truth sets us free, after all the bullshit that we get every day in Washington and the airways and (Vice President Dick) Cheney…I am surprised it has taken so long."

The latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found that opposition to the Iraq war reached a record high.

In the past, the Pentagon used to sanitize scripts in return to generous military assistance needed for movie making, the Guardian said.

Almost all the Hollywood movies made during World War II tended to be feel-good propaganda ones. The same was true during the Vietnam conflict.

But most of the new anti-war movies have been independent of the military, sparing themselves the favor of shooting on an aircraft carrier or tanks.

A series of recent American documentaries criticized the Bush administration's foreign policy after 9/11.

They include award-winning Fahrenheit 9/11 in which director Michael Moore accuses the administration of using the tragic event to push forward its war agenda.

There is also How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair, which is about a freedom-loving Iraqi journalist who is mistaken as Blair's would-be assassin and sent to Abu Ghraib where he discovers the true meaning of liberation.

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