Brad was born to be an good actor. He’s got a face that really focuses on what he’s doing and can portray confidence without always having authority. Not always well cast but in this tank he makes it look very natural. (I just re-read that. Bit poncey sounding, sorry.)
Logan, Shia, Michael and indeed everyone else we see are all high quality players for war films and very believable so I’ve got no issue with this film’s cast or production values. Everything is gritty, real, muddy and horrible in the way you would expect.
I don’t think there’s any forced reality either. That stuff with Private Ryan on the beach where you get your face shoved in the very personal, brutal world of war. Very effective but could be overdone if everyone jumped on that bloody band-wagon. Not used here and it’s all the better for it.
I was a bit sceptical about watching a movie about a tank and the American crew since these tend to be all flag-waving and super-heroism but don’t worry about it as I didn’t get that feeling and half way through I was still keen to see the rest. Maybe not as gory as some might want but an immersive and captivating war story that I’d see again.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog – GET DOWN! OPEN FIRE! MOVE! MOVE! here’s the thing, we – SIX O’CLOCK! LOAD! FIRE! MOVE! MOVE! Anyway, as I was saying – HOLD THE ROAD! ATTACK! ATTACK!