Originally Posted by scottytheoneand
I was OK with the ending. It was told from the perspective of the newbie on the tank crew. And in that sense it hits on a lot of personal narratives I've read from WW2. Like panic during battle, the shocking horror of actual war vs what they were trained for, etc. etc. If they'd made the movie without the new kid it wouldn't have been much of a story, because there would have been nothing to contrast the brutality of the American soldiers. Plus, the kid's fate seemed obvious to me from the beginning, but that didn't bother me. It felt like it had to end that way.
In some ways the film reminded me of The Thin Red Line. Which also showed a very gritty, violent WW2 story but in the Pacific, which was arguably much more bloody than the European front.
by ending i didn't mean the outcome, i meant the entire final battle. although, apparently it was rooted in at the very least someone's account of something similar that happened in world war 2. but why would the sniper let 200 of his buddies get killed before taking the easy, clear shot that he would have had all along?