While some of the dialogue is very writer-y, S. Craig Zahler is getting better as a film-maker with each movie.
He makes films that want to scar the viewer and make them think, and how many of those are there these days? Most directors just seem to be waiting for a phone call from Marvel or Netflix.
Any Leftist propaganda against this movie is 100% bullshit. It's far more honest and even-handed than every 'important' movie that is drenched in exaggeration and virtue-signalling to make cheap political points.
At the very least this should get a 'Best Original Screenplay' nomination at the Oscars next year.