|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Reymond Amsalem, Oshri Cohen, Yoav Donat, Michael Moshonov, Zohar Shtrauss|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Battlefield Films, Editor's Picks, Fighting Films, Hidden Gems, Wars & Warriors|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Aug 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Ever wondered what it would be like to go to war in a tank?
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An anti-war film from a tank perspctiveBy rafi (36 reviews) from Beverley , 29 Dec 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]I was a soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War. I do not miss any film that is done about this ugly, unjustified war. My very first university essay was about the war, and I continue to study and reflect on it. This anti-war film is shot entirely from the tank perspective. You see the lives of four people, who share a cubic sphere and the agony of war. They are sent to accompany an elite platoon into Lebanon, facing dilemmas they are forced to resolve, quickly. Any hesitation might be very dear. In the first encounter with Lebanese people, the gunman hesitates to shoot as he is unsure whether the people in front of him are enemy. This hesitation cost the life of a young soldier. Next time, the gunman does not hesitate. He kills an innocent farmer.
You see four guys, who wish to return home safely, closed in a tank that might become their death trap, fighting a war about which they know very little, obeying commands whose logic escapes them; four young men involved in miserable fighting, who move on without knowing the big picture, trying to survive against unclear enemies. They thought they were sent to fight the Lebanese and suddenly they encounter Syrians. How come? Why? What the Christian falangas are doing? Only Ariel Sharon had the answers. Even Prime Menachem Begin did not know the answers, for a while.
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Just loved it!By skyblue45 (1 review) , 19 Jul 2013Totally gripped from the first Sunflowers scene. Each flower was so individual and blew in the wind at it's own sway, I felt I was about to witness something special. Amazing characters showing such real tension amongst themselves while trying to do their 'jobs'. I perversely adored this movie. As horrible and depressing as wars are, it made me remember that they are fought by me and you. I sought this movie out as David Cronenberg mentioned it as being one of the inspirations for Cosmopolis, Well that was good, but this was great. Nuff said.
Simply an incredibly well-made film.By sailonby (113 reviews) from Exeter , 29 May 2013Four young men shut in a steel box, sweating, frightened, wanting to get the hell out of there. This is a terrific film, brilliantly shot, a glimpse of hell. All the action is seen from inside the tank, with condensation running down the steel as the temperature rises, increasing tensions between the soldiers, fear, and near break-down. The outside world is only visible through the gun-sight as the turret swivels left and right (with the grinding of machinery on the sound-track) looking for enemies, fearful of attack; it's claustrophobia in spades. Great film.
It's like watching someone else playing 'Call of Duty'By bstar (9 reviews) , 11 May 2013Yes, painful is the word to describe it. I can't stress to you more that you're time will be wasted if you watch this film. You will find yourself very unsatisfied after. Clever? Perhaps. Dull? Very. I don't know how the big name newspapers could possibly rate it 5 stars. It was compared to Saving Private Ryan... How dare they...
Aspects of warBy Grenville (41 reviews) , 03 May 2013This is a war film with a difference. Yes, the usual aspects are there but they come from a different angle. Claustrophobic and yet suprisingly compelling, it gives a good idea of the confusion, squalor and sheer terror of real war.
Wors film I ever sawBy Flim (14 reviews) from Killingworth , 21 Jan 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWhat an awful, unrealistic, boring film this is. The cinematography is terrible - you spend most of your time looking at close ups of the tank interior covered in oil? And 2 minutes watching the tank commander pee for the climax of the film - sorry for this spoiler. Worst film I ever did see. Apparently the film maker passed away during its production which perhaps explains an awful lot. Pleased I didn't rent it.
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