Enjoying a war movie requires a certain sensibility and a tolerance of the gruesome, bloody carnage of war. War can’t be fun to watch, but Fury somehow pulls you into the carnage and keeps you rooting for the destined demised group while entertaining you during their heroic quest.
Director David Ayers (best known for the film End of Days) yanks us into the horrors of war from the opening scene. Fury ia set during the last days of World War 2 where Allied forces are behind enemy lines as they march to Berlin through Germany killing as many Nazis as they can along the way.
Fury will immediately be compared to other war films, Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Inglorious Bastards (another Brad Pitt Nazi killing role), Platoon, among others is a more grittier, realistic portrayal of the comradery and gore that plagues war. It is the story of a five man tank team against all odds and their loyalty to each other, killing Nazis and to their leader, Sargeant Don Collier, nicknamed “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt). The tank crew consists of Gordo (Michael pena) the tank driver; missile loader and mechanic Coon-Ass (Jon Bernthal), bible thumper and gunner, Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LeBouf) and new member Norman, (Logan Lerman) fresh faced, 8 weeks in the army as a clerk typist trained to type 80 wpm, is thrust into the tank’s team as a driver and shooter. His main assignment is “to kill Nazis” having never killed anyone in his life.
Pitt plays this role as a tortured somewhat maniacal leader bent on just killing Nazis and keeping his team alive. Pitt shines when his sensitivity to the ravages of war shines through his tough exterior. LeBouf is a joy to watch (a refreshing departure from his role in the Transformers franchise and the weird Nymphomaniac films) as the born again, religious bible thumper who believes that everyone has survived because it’s God’s will. The standout in this film is Lerman who personalizes Norman and portrays him with tenderness and innocence that develops into a thirst for survival and a human killing machine.
The cinematography is beautiful and visually stunning. The ravages of war are realistically depicted and the battle scenes full of gore and blood. The realism puts you into the tank, eagerly itching to kill Nazis along with the team, relishing the brutal manslaughters, excitedly repeating “Best job I ever had” as you witness first hand that history and war is violent. Go see Fury with an open mind and buckle up for an exciting ride.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal
Director: David Ayer
Company: Sony Pictures
Now Showing: In Theatres
MPAA Rating: R (grisly images of war violence, strong language)