Christian Toto informs us that Rob Reiner, the film director who created such classics as “The Princess Bride” and “When Harry Met Sally” is attempting to breathe some life into the dead genre of anti-Iraq War movie. The offering from Reiner is to be entitled “Shock and Awe” and will focus on a group of journalists who “ask the hard questions” about weapons of mass destruction thought to be in Iraq.

Back when George W. Bush was still in the White House, a whole slew of anti-war movies flowed out of Hollywood, including “In the Valley of Elah,” “Lions for Lambs,” “Stop-Loss,” “Rendition,” Redacted” and “Green Zone.” They all had two qualities.

They depicted American soldiers as either murderers or victims, sometimes both. They are tanked spectacularly at the box office. Audiences did not like watching films that denigrated the United States and depicted soldiers in a bad light. Eventually, Hollywood got the message and started producing films such as “Lone Survivor” and “American Sniper” that celebrated the heroism and sacrifice of the American soldier.

Over seven years after Bush left office and five years after Obama stripped Iraq of the American military, thus leaving the country to the tender mercies of Iran on one side and ISIS on the other, Reiner is still searching back over a decade for material. Far more severe atrocities have occurred more recently that could make great political film fare. “13 Hours” has already touched on Benghazi, to a somewhat tepid but respectable box office.

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The rise of ISIS with its cutting edge atrocities would seem to be a source of dozens of films if Hollywood would make them.

Reiner is no stranger to politically charged movies. “A Few Good Men” and “The American President” both had far left subtexts. But those films came out about 20 years ago and, in the 15th year of the War on Terror and the eighth year of the Obama malaise, tastes in movies have changed. But it appears that Reiner has some issues regarding Iraq, and he needs to get it out of his system. Since he has the financing, it looks like he is going to get to do that.