David Ayer (2014)

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Writer/director David Ayer specialises in ride-around cop dramas - from Training Day (which he wrote) to End of Watch. And the same macho politics apply in this heart-pounding drama about a tank, commanded by Brad Pitt, rolling through Germany in the brutal dying days of the Second World War. Shia LaBeouf gives a studied turn as a bible-basher, Michael Peña is the loudmouth, and Jon Bernthal the cynical member of the crew. But it's through the eyes of Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman's replacement driver that the reality of conflict hits home. He is the heart and soul along with Pitt, who is on towering form schooling the kid into attaining the machine-like mindset of a hardened soldier, yet anguished at having to do so. There are no bad guys, only men running on adrenaline and working under extreme pressure, negotiating explosions on and off the battlefield. Even the Nazis seem tragic, with only pride left to fight for. While there are archetypes and Hollywoodisms, Ayer probes for what makes a man beneath the brutality and the bluster, resulting in a film that burns into the memory.


A veteran American sergeant leads a tank crew on one final dangerous mission in the last months of the Second World War. The assignment takes the soldiers behind enemy lines and into battle with overwhelming enemy forces, while the presence of an inexperienced new recruit in the team raises tension. Drama, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

Cast & Crew

Don `Wardaddy' Collier Brad Pitt
Boyd `Bible' Swan Shia LaBeouf
Norman Ellison Logan Lerman
Trini `Gordo' Garcia Michael Pena
Grady `C**n-A*s' Travis Jon Bernthal
Capt Waggoner Jason Isaacs
Sgt Miles Scott Eastwood
Sgt Binkowski Jim Parrack
Director David Ayer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Oct 2014