What happens when Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf go on tank patrol?
Worst: The sacrifice that doesn't matter
While there is some great staging in the final sequence, it makes no sense. In the time since I wrote my review, I've been chewing on the way that decision is made in the film to stay with the tank no matter what to stop 300 or more soldiers with a crew of five. It's an impossible situation, and I assume Ayer was desperate to set up a "no-win" scenario that left these guys as heroes. But from the moment Jason Isaacs gives them the mission, it doesn't ring true. The Americans are winning the war. This is all mop-up duty. This isn't D-Day. There is no reason all five of these men have to die. It's a phony way to get to the ending Ayer wanted, and it undermines the movie in a major way.
- Drew McWeeny