Rated 4.0

Writer-director David Ayer’s intentions are to show the effects of war on a group of men who are clinging to the last threads of sanity after years of claustrophobic, blood-soaked terror inside a tank during WWII. Brad Pitt leads the crew as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a grizzled, scarred up individual resorting to arguably insane behavior as he treks across Nazi Germany. When he’s saddled with new recruit Norman (Logan Lerman), his behavior becomes a strange mix of paternal and completely unhinged. Other members of the crew include Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña) and Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal). Much of the film takes place inside the tank, with few breaks, and the carnage in the battle scenes is unrelenting. It all builds up to the key sequence where the tank breaks down and Wardaddy decides he isn’t going to run away with a large group of enemy soldiers approaching. As action films go, it’s a real winner. As war films go, it’s one to be remembered. As horror films go, I doubt you’ll see anything scarier this month. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R