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Blu-Ray Review: Riveting ‘Lebanon’ Offers Claustrophobic View of War

31 January 2011 3:06 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s not hard to imagine viewers of “Lebanon” starting to sweat. It is a claustrophobic tale of war that has drawn deserved comparisons to Wolfgang Peterson’s brilliant “Das Boot” and it is nearly as good a film. This surreal nightmare stands as one of the better war films of the last several years and deserves a much broader international audience than it has yet achieved.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

The reason for the audience claustrophobia is simple — almost the entirety of “Lebanon,” the winner of the prestigious Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, takes place inside a tank. We see out through the sights of the machine just like one of the young men in it but even that offers only part of the picture. The tank itself becomes a symbol for war as it becomes unstable along with the fearful boys inside it. Samuel Moaz’s riveting »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Lebanon Blu-Ray Review

22 January 2011 7:34 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Set during the First Lebanon War, Lebanon is an Israeli war film that is presented entirely from the perspective of a band of boyish soldiers operating a tank through desolate streets. I’ve always been a sucker for “one room” dramas-like Rope or more recently Buried-so long as the premise isn’t relegated to a gimmick, and Lebanon dodges that bullet effortlessly given the breadth of physical and emotional conflicts a warzone can provide. This is gritty stuff, and while that term is thrown around liberally within the war genre, I believe Lebanon’s unique plot device elevates it from any harsh, comparative scrutiny. My review of the Blu-Ray after the jump. The setting is the First Lebanon War. A sole tank escorts a squad of paratroopers to a hotel rally point north of their position, struggling against the immorality and atrocities of war as they pass through enemy establishments. »

- Kevin Panasiewicz

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[DVD Review] Lebanon

19 January 2011 10:00 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon is a unique breed of film - one you won’t want to watch twice. There are no plot intricacies to wade through, no Easter eggs adorning the background. This is not an exercise in storytelling but a stalwart recreation of Maoz’s brief time as a trigger man on an Israeli tank crew during the 1982 Lebanon War. As one of several Israeli films in the last few years to deal with the emotional fallout affected the men who served in the 1982 war (Ari Folman’s lauded Waltz With Bashir leading the pack), Lebanon is a strong entry but effectively goes beyond cultural limitations. I would argue that it is an allegory dressed up as a funereal war film, but maybe that’s so key. The importance of Lebanon lies in experiencing and responding to the film, and in that regard it comes highly recommended.

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- Mark Zhuravsky

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