Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal
Directed By: David Ayer
Written By: David Ayer
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 14 min
Set during the closing months of WWII as the allies push into Germany, Fury focuses on a single Sherman tank crew, led by the battle hardened Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brat Pitt). Their mission, to travel from town to town providing support to the boots on the ground, and kill German soldiers.
Plot wise, it’s pretty simple, so what we have here to focus on is a character study that takes the crew’s latest ‘green’ recruit, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), and corrupts him into a killing machine. If writer/director David Ayer intended for this character to be our audience surrogate, then I think he missed the mark a little, as his journey from office clerk to Nazi killer happens a little too quickly for my taste.
The movie also doesn’t offer up anything we haven’t already seen in other similar war films. A commanding officer that’s seen too much death struggling to keep his sanity, looking for a taste of home. The soldier turned mindless monster by the ravages of war. A Christian holding on to his faith. Your usual collection of character archetypes, shaped by a long bloody conflict.
Where Fury succeeds, and why I recommend you see it in a movie theater, is due to the stunning action sequences, great photography and brilliant performances from Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman. This is a very well made war movie, that perfectly balances the need to accurately and respectfully depict a very troubling period in our history, with the audience’s expectation to be entertained.
If you enjoyed the movie, Saving Private Ryan, I think you’ll enjoy this too. Not surprisingly, it’s very violent, and doesn’t shy away from showing the audience the full ravages of war.
This film is really well photographed, and should be seen in a theater. At home, a HD viewing on your TV is recommended. The movies impact will be reduced if you watch this on a laptop, tablet or phone sized screen.
I really enjoyed the action scene where our Sherman tank crew, along with two other smaller vehicles, take on a huge German Tiger One tank.