Chandor turns an intensely physical narrative into another of his inadvertently generic studies of procedure.
Director Jeremiah Zagar’s powers of observation eclipse his feel for expressionism and melodrama.
The film adopts a half-hearted variation on A Beautiful Mind’s gimmicky approach to grappling with a man’s mental illness.
According to Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark, a man’s psychosis boils down to an extreme case of sibling rivalry.
Its feminist perspective checkmates the misogyny and machismo that too often mar films set in combat zones.
To dismiss it as simply an act of hipster appropriation is to cop out, because appropriation is the film’s thematic meat.