No exception to the guideline that all tank movies should take their crews on gruesome existential journeys, The Beast is an ’80s studio movie with a harsh, reflective heart. It seems at the Russian invasion of Afghanistan from the pink side, and proposes that the invasion turned into now not only a fiasco of terrible planning and insufficient equipment, but of dwindling patriotism in a Soviet army exhausted by the failing communist nation.
Directed by means of Kevin Reynolds, of Waterworld infamy, the movie is unsurprisingly offbeat and grungy, however not like that flop The Beast isn't any maximalist indulgence. Like George Dzundza—here within the great form of his career because the titular T-55’s grim commander—The Beast is lean and moody. On a finances, Reynolds gives an eerie ecosystem and a few indelible imagery: the crew of “the beast” using into conflict in steampunk-esque war tools; the tank belching out a ring of hearth within the night time and unwittingly cooking a herd of goat; an Afghan riot pulverized beneath the tracks of the T-fifty five into human roadkill. It’s moderate, however it lingers.