Lebanon - Review

There's no room to consider the political, military, or moral Big Picture in the extraordinary Israeli war drama Lebanon. That's exactly the point. The life-changing experience of terrifying battle is compressed into one day in the life of four scared, green twentysomething Israeli soldiers as their armored tank rolls into Lebanon. The time is the earliest days of the disastrous June 1982 war that, even now, tears the Israeli citizenry apart - Israel's Vietnam. The mission is muddled. All we see is what those soldiers see, grimy and sweaty and crammed into their claustrophobic rolling war machine, peering through the crosshairs of a gunsight, trying to distinguish friend from foe. Shmulik (Yoav Donat), the gunner, is so overwhelmed that he can't follow orders to shoot. At least at first. Each adjustment of the gun turret (the sound is something between a shriek and a groan) brings a new, incomprehensible vista through the scope.

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