April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. (Sony)
Fury is directed by David Ayer, who is known for his directorial work in films like End of Watch and this year’s Sabotage. I personally think Fury is Ayer’s best work to date. The story begins with a brief word description of what’s going on in the war, and immediately afterwards the film jumps right in and takes off. Right from the start the war settings look absolutely amazing, and are probably some of the best that I’ve seen in a long time. From the firefights to the soldier’s attitude, and even the prisoners of war. Ayer understands how brutally violent and ugly World War II was, and he shows it in Fury.
The whole idea of having a war film based on the story of five soldiers and a Sherman tank may not sound interesting at first. However, Ayer is somehow able to make some great action sequences when they go into battle. I never would have thought these slow moving heavy warfare vehicles could be so awesome to watch in action. What I also found great is seeing the five main characters led by Brad Pitt all operate the tank together.
Speaking of Brad Pitt, something about him and killing Nazi’s just works. Pitt plays Wardaddy, a character who has led his crew across many battle fields in different countries. As leader of the crew, Pitt must keep himself together through the hardships of war. I thought he did a great job playing that role, and at times when he struggled mentally are some of the films more intense human moments. I still think he gave a better performance in Inglorious Bastards, but we all know how great he was in that film.
As for his crew, I give all positives across the board for Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, John Bernthal, and Shia LaBeouf. These characters and their backstory’s don’t get too much explanation, but by their attitude and actions you can tell they been in this war too damn long. Speaking of Shia Labeouf I know he’s given us plenty of reasons to not like him, but in this film he’s really good. Logan Lerman is the outsider who steps into this sort of battle tested family, and really struggles to understand that he’s in their world now. There’s a absolutely great scene between Pitt and Lerman when Pitt’s character tries to teach Lerman a lesson involving a war prisoner. You have to watch the film to know what I’m talking about.
This whole movie is just well done and beautifully shot. A couple shots brought me back to Saving Private Ryan as far as the action and character dialogue. There are a couple moments where you ask yourself would that action sequence really happen that way, but that’ll be later on think about it because in the moment you are locked in.
Highly recommend Fury. I give it a 9.25/10
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