Lucas’s review published on Letterboxd:
Kubrick’s coldest film. Systematic dehumanisation gives way to a free flowing hatred and cruelty. No half is better than the other — they elevate each other. It’s pure devastation from start to finish, as it portrays the army, the war and man, and how they all intertwine. Its most damning comment is how, no matter the level of preparation, or feigned aggression, this war was fought by a bunch of kids that didn’t know better. They were simply weaponised men trapped in moral purgatory, and as the fire rages on, those soldiers fade into anonymity, their humanity lost among the smoke.
“I'm in a world of shit... yes. But I am alive. And I am not afraid.”