Brad Pitt saves Europe from the Nazis, again, in filmmaker David Ayers’ straightforward, evidently sincere WWII war movie, with Pitt as a US Army tank commander tasked with destroying holdout enemy resistance inside Germany in the last days of the conflict. Most of the exercise is admirable, including the casting of Shia LaBeouf as a Christian preacher/soldier and an especially memorable scene featuring a pair of German sisters and their nervous dinner with Pitt and reluctant combatant Logan Lerman. The firefights are also appropriately fierce. But writer-director Ayers (End of Watch, Training Day) has done more assured work in his police actioners. Overall, worthwhile but not quite in the same class as Saving Private Ryan or Inglourious Basterds. Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal costar as GIs in Pitt’s crew (133 min.).
Director: David Ayer
Producer: Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith, John Lesher, Brad Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott and Ben Waisbren
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Brad Henke, Jim Parrack, Xavier Samuel, Scott Eastwood, Kevin Vance, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia Rittberg, Laurence Spellman and Daniel Betts