In depicting complications in Gabriel’s life that go beyond the immediate circumstances of wartime service, the movie stacks the deck in a way that Montiel can’t resist exploiting. As for the war material, it’s shameless in its caricatures and clichés, and up-to-the-minute in its alienating pyrotechnics. Montiel may have had honorable intentions in creating this movie. But what he made is neither a viable work of art nor an effective call to action. It’s a sadistic and ghoulish spectacle.
December 01, 2016