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Movie Review - Lebanon

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I must say that in all my time of watching films, including foreign ones, I’ve never seen an Israeli film before, so when I saw ‘Lebanon’ come up on my press screening list I thought it would be good to finally see one, and especially one that has done well at festivals. So other than knowing the country of origin and that it must be about a war, I went in knowing nothing else, which is the way I like it.

“June, 1982 - the first Lebanon war.  A lone tank and a paratrooper 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.”

This film felt more like a play than anything else as it was set almost 100% inside the tank, with the four main characters jammed in, with the only visuals of the outside world coming from the view finder of the tank’s turret gun. This was either done for budget reasons or it was the story they were trying to tell, with the latter being my view on it. Although it really felt like a play, it was more a display of some great acting as the directing didn’t really live up to the performances on the screen. Some may argue ‘what can you expect from the directing with just one interior location as small as a tank’, to which I have one answer and that is the film ‘Buried’, which I reviewed recently.  ‘Buried’ was set in a coffin and was directed amazingly, so no excuses there, but the lack in directing didn’t make this film bad, just not as interesting to watch visually as I would have hoped.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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