Most of the flick takes place inside a tank and Lebanon relies, and succeeds on this: placing the viewer in a tense and claustrophobic situation. The four young soldiers are manning the tank, inexperienced and incapable of full peripheral view which lends to their and our uneasiness when shit starts going down. Their main point of contact outside of the tank is a hardass superior who expects the soldiers to act on orders and keep their composure, which sometimes they try hard but fail to do. The interaction between the four soldiers in the tank is tense. They seem like they want to do their jobs well, but the reality of war and their entire enrollment in the army is starting to weigh on them, making them irritable and subject to snapping on each other.
The performances by the four men are nothing short of solid. While each soldier collectively wants to get the job done, each man has their own fear and hang-ups about the job they are doing. The fact that itís based on the filmmakerís own experience (a fact I didnít know and appreciate until after seeing the movie), is even more impressive. The one thing I really loved and found unique about Lebanon is that the combat sequences are viewed through the crosshairs of the tankís cannon. Any action that happens outside of the tank is viewed through the crosshairs, making the connection with the audience stronger and relatable. A lot of the times you feel vulnerable and disoriented because of this and along with the performances, itís probably Lebanonís strongest asset.