Anti-Trump 'Resistance' leader Rob Reiner has a new movie in theaters — an anti-Iraq War "protest film" titled, "Shock and Awe" — and in a testament to his outsized influence on American politics, the movie racked up a whopping $41,000 in its first weekend.
The movie, starring Woody Harrelson, reportedly follows the lives of "two 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.”
The reporters, of course, believe Bush began the war, which continued under former President Barack Obama, and continues even in some form under President Donald Trump, to occupy Iraq in the name of American imperialism and to take the country's oil.
"Shock and Awe" opened in "limited release" last Friday, but failed to best even "Show Dogs," a controversial kids movie that's been open nine weeks, and which scored a commanding 17% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The top movie of the weekend, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," grossed $44,000,000, for comparison.
Reiner's movie is faring only a little better than "Show Dogs" among critics — even those who might normally forgive a lack of plot and poor scriptwriting if confronted with agreeable political undertones in a film. So far, with only 30 reviews, Reiner's film has a 36% approval rating, and the critics aren't pulling punches, even if they might normally want to spare the Resistance mouthpiece discomfort.
“For all that, Shock and Awe (which was made available on demand prior to its theatrical release) 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,” CNN's movie critic wrote. “By that measure, it’s an earnest but not particularly awe-inspiring as a movie, and even as a treatise on reporters doggedly pursuing the truth in the face of obfuscation and denials, nor is it especially shocking.”
Reiner responded by doubling down on his political rhetoric, telling MoveOn.org in a video that Trump must be made to meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.