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Shock and Awe has a worthy story to tell and some fine actors trying to bring it to life; unfortunately, the end results are still as derivative as they are dramatically inert.
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This sadly derivative film has one too many screenings of All the President's Men written all over it.
The story gives audiences an inside look at how journalism actually works at ground level, including the cultivation of sources, the use of "background" and off-the-record information. It has a strong feel of authenticity.
At its best, Shock and Awe still feels like it strains to be Spotlight-lite and comes up lacking. The title is a misnomer.
It's well intentioned but clumsy.
For all that, Shock and Awe is a slim, at-times too-obvious portrayal of an important story, as well as the fundamental calling of journalism when it comes to holding the powerful to account.
It's a rote piece of work that, oddly, also feels dated even at a time when the press and the White House have rarely been more at odds.
The clumsily on-the-nose dialogue sounds as though it was cribbed wholesale from Geopolitics for Dummies.
SHOCK AND AWE is an absolute"Must See"! In this day and age of "fake news" hysteria generated by our political leaders, SHOCK AND AWE is the shot in the arm that legitimate journalists need, not to mention what the public needs to see.
Reiner is clearly passionate about the material, but he can't translate that to the screen.
The main characters aren't really explored and the supporting cast, such as Jessica Biel, who plays Strobel's love interest, appear peripheral to the story.
Rob Reiner's worst movie in years...
What could have been an important and timely film in an era of distrust in journalism is sadly wasted. The film bombards its audience with surgically rapid scenes that feed as much information as possible with no emotional pay off.
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