Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Aug 2001 and 6 Oct 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The 1973 Yom Kippur War told from the perspective of a young soldier who is enlisted as a stretcher bearer aboard a helicopter in the think of battle.
My Take on it – As a former soldier in the Israeli Army, I am very familiar with many of the themes, situations and locations portrayed in this film.
The problem with this movie is that it tries way too hard to try and give a metaphorical and abstract view of a battle and the adage that “War is Hell”.
By doing so, it takes out most of the narrative in the story and gives us scenes of pure carnage that will either repulse the viewer or force the viewer to turn off any emotions in order to take in everything that happens.
This lack of plot makes it extremely difficult to follow what is going on visually and existentially and makes this movie pretty confusing to watch.
To confuse the viewer even more the movie opens and closes with a couple making passionate love while smearing paint on each other. This is used in contrast to the mud smeared over the soldiers during the battles. I understand the metaphor here, but I think it’s a bit too much of the “make love, not war” theme.
Bottom Line – War movie that completely lacks a plot which makes it very hard to follow. It tries to give a very intellectual and abstract look at war, but it fails because it lacks the drive to keep the viewer interested in the characters or the situations they are in.
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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