Lebanon movie review: June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.
The buzz: If writer-director Samuel Maoz’s exceptional drama feels like a documentary, it’s because Maoz served in the Israeli army during the Lebanon war when he was 20. The entire movie takes place inside the tank, which yields both a claustrophobic sense of place and an opportunity to capture the unique perspective of these young, scared soldiers.
The verdict: Boom. Rumble. Wow. As the men’s humanity and will are tested, the terror in their eyes and in the thunderous noise comes through loud and clear. A few moments in this brief, unflinching film are too clearly designed to evoke meaning, consequently pulling you out of the experience. Otherwise, Maoz masterfully plunges into the confusion of war and demonstrates how it feels to be isolated inside a tank. There, outsiders can’t see you, but if looking through the scope, you can see the enemy, or an incoming missile, or a wounded donkey gasping for breath. These aren’t sights that fill these 20-something men with bravery and anger; mostly, they just want to go home. Source: Metromix
- Wikipedia: Lebanon
- Official movie site: Lebanon
- Watch the trailer below!