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Rated R · 93 minutes · 2009

Drama, War
Director Samuel Maoz sets his drama about the 1982 Lebanon War almost entirely inside of a tank, where four men deal with an angry commander, low rations and inexperience. The movie has gotten a lot of appropriate comparisons to Das Boot; you get the definite sense that you are sitting inside of a big tin can and watching guys unravel. Parts feel a bit clichéd and staged, especially the depictions of action on the outside, viewed through the tank’s targeting scope. A moment when the men accidentally shoot a chicken truck has a final image that is supposed to be terrible, but it’s silly in a bad, horror-film kind of way. Still, despite the flaws, much of the film works, thanks to strong performances from the ensemble cast. The film doesn’t delve too much into politics, making it an interchangeable story about the rigors of war.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/lebanon
Director: Samuel Maoz
Producer: Anat Bikel, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery and Sonja Ewers
Cast: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Zohar Strauss, Dudu Tasa and Reymonde Amsellem

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Portland Mercury Tunnel Vision Lebanon sticks you inside an Israeli tank, and then doesn't let you out. by Ned Lannamann 09/16/2010

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