Based on a true story, Shock And Awe follows reporters, Jonathan Landay (Woody Harrelson) and Warren Strobel (James Marsden), their boss, John Walcott (Rob Reiner), and war correspondent, Joe Galloway (Tommy Lee Jones), who lift the lid on abuse of power at its highest level and expose the truth about what led the U.S. into the longest and costliest war in American history. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush builds a case to invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. While the rest of the Washington reporters take the President’s words at face value, Landay and Strobel dig deeper. In the tradition of All The President’s Men, they chase down leads and utilize anonymous government sources to discover the President’s rationale for going to war is based on lies and falsified intelligence. However, the reporters soon learn that exposing the truth and finding people who will listen are two separate things, especially when the drumbeat of war drowns out any dissent.
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Ratings and Reviews
- Average 4.7/10
- Fresh 12
- Rotten 31
Critics Consensus: 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.
Fact-based drama about tenacious reporters; strong language.
Cast & Crew
- Pacific Northwest Pictures
- English (Stereo, Dolby)
- Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.