Trailer for Rob Reiner's Investigative Journalism Film 'Shock and Awe'

May 18, 2018
Source: YouTube

Shock and Awe Trailer

"How real is the chatter about Iraq?" "Very." Vertical Entertainment has released the first official trailer for Rob Reiner's new film, an investigative journalism thriller titled Shock and Awe. The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who "got it right" in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War. They were the only ones skeptical skeptical of President Bush's claim that Iraq's Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction." James Marsden stars as Warren Strobel, and Woody Harrelson as Jonathan Landay, with a cast including Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich, Tommy Lee Jones, Rob Reiner himself, and Richard Schiff. This looks like another strong film about the power and importance of good journalism. And you know, I am happier seeing films about journalism instead of more films about the war.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Rob Reiner's Shock and Awe, direct from YouTube:

Shock and Awe Movie

Shock and Awe Movie

A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction." The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who "got it right" in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush White House's justification for the conflict. Shock and Awe is directed by veteran American filmmaker Rob Reiner, who has directed classics and great films such as Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, The Story of Us, Alex & Emma, Rumor Has It, The Bucket List, Flipped, And So It Goes, and most recently Being Charlie and LBJ. The screenplay is written by Joey Hartstone. This premiered at the Zurich Film Festival last year. Vertical Ent. will release Reiner's Shock and Awe in select theaters starting on July 13th this summer. First impression?

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A war based on lies? No way! Never. There's no profit in peace.

Carpola on May 18, 2018


So, what else is new? I'll see it for the cast...

shiboleth on May 18, 2018


poor saddam. he was just a misunderstood guy and a wonderful human being. the world should set aside one day a year to celebrate this victimized man.

dan on May 18, 2018


No ever said that, but cons love to pretend they did. Saddam was a bastard. A real nasty bastard who deserved what he got. UNFORTUNATELY people like you fail to understand the shitstorm it created when you took his authority away. When he was removed from power ALL of the waiting adversaries took advantage of it. The Middle east has NEVER recovered from it. Taking him out may have felt good at the time. But the repercussions just simply weren't worth it. Dan.

Charles Knowlton on May 19, 2018


so, charles, how many people did saddam have to kill before you would say it's "worth it". would you be saying that so easily if you were one of the kurds whose family was murdered? i think it's you who doesn't understand, charles.

dan on May 19, 2018


It is estimated hundreds of thousands have been killed over the war for oil since 911 in Iraq alone. Most of them completely innocent, or as Americans call them collateral damage. You think Hussein was murdering on that scale? Come on, get real. This was just the beginning of the terror of the Middle East, where ISIS grew unencumbered. It's unbelievable after all these years that people like you think this never ending war for oil is justified.

Charles Knowlton on May 20, 2018


Saddam was helped into power by the CIA, overthrowing a guy who wanted to keep the oil to benefit the people of Iraq. He was a scumbag, but had nothing to do with 911.

Carpola on May 19, 2018


my post above was obviously sarcasm directed at the movies premise. that being said, no i don't think saddam was responsible for 911. my feeling is the guy was responsible for terrible acts against the kurds and something needed to be done. the world stood by and watched the kmer rouge kill millions. history repeated itself when the entire world stood by and watched the rwandan genocide. i don't think it's wrong to take saddam out and stop his erradication of the kurds. you want to make it political because it makes you feel good - go for it. i'm saying, the world (US, your country...everybody) needs to stop sticking their collective heads in the sand and stop these nutjobs instead of letting them kill whoever they feel like killing.

dan on May 19, 2018


It only interests places like the US/UK when the profit from the extraction of resources starts to go down. Look at the Saudi's, they're killing people everyday, we keep selling them weapons and welcome them into our countries. The Turkish are still killing the Kurds, why aren't we aren't going to war with them?

Carpola on May 21, 2018


A war based on lies? No way! Never.There's no profit in peace.

Gale Villarreal on May 19, 2018


Looks solid...and since we're inching closer to Middle East WAR pt.2, highly relevant.

kitano0 on May 19, 2018


Woody and Marsden look like they giving great performances here. Dig.

DAVIDPD on May 20, 2018


Hmm, gonna have to check this one out.

JohnDoeB on May 20, 2018


Don't trust the government. Trust the media.

THE_RAW_ on May 21, 2018


NYTimes reported the military cover-up of thousands upon thousands of chemical warheads found in Iraq after the war and other Iraqi depots of WMD's that made many of our soldiers very very sick. So this movie is sort of a political partisan lie. Marsden and Harrelson are good actors, so I might give this a go anyway.

Brad Crabtree on Apr 4, 2019

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