Cert: 15 Runtime: 134 mins Director: David Ayer Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Micahel Pena and Jason Issacs
Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.
David Ayer caught my attention with End Of Watch a while back, he seems like a talented film-maker. Fury caught the corner of my eye a few months back, the trailer didn’t truly catch my attention. But I am partial to a War movie and a decent Brad Pitt performance. So what is Fury about? April 1945. Hardened tank commander Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt) has seen action all the way from Africa to Germany. He has always sworn to protect the crew of Fury, his Sherman tank – Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal). Their latest mission is a vital but positively suicidal one, striking at the heart of Nazi Germany behind enemy lines. As if being out gunned and heavily outnumbered wasn’t bad enough, Wardaddy has also been assigned wet-behind-the-ears assistant driver Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman).First off the acting of the main crew of actors: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal is simply outstanding. Brad Pitt is an incredible actor, and makes a memorable performance, along with Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal in particular. For example, they act their roles as a rough battle hardened crew, and are shocking in their brute customs at first. They can be very dis-likeable, as they mock, abuse, and disrespect both Logan Lerman and their German enemies.Yet despite this, as the movie progresses, and their characters are portrayed more deeply, their humanity shows through and the audience can begin to love this tough crew as they face desperate odds together – I believe this is a testament to their great acting abilities.
The special effects in this movie are also some of the best I have yet seen in a WWII film. The violence that tank crews subject their enemies too, and they themselves are subjected too is shown quite clearly as massive shells tear both men and machine apart.The art direction in this film is also brilliantly done. The music is moving at times when, the greyness of a war torn Germany screams at you throughout the film, etc. One thing I noticed, which I find the film also did well, is that it seems to heavily emphasize is the machinery used in the conflict. For example, boiling oil spilling inside a tank, smoking guns, the tightness of a tank compartment where a man is surrounded by hard iron… All of this seems to emphasize how man is truly the softest and most fragile thing around. It also adds an effect to the movie, making it truly feel like a tank movie – where rough men struggle inside an ‘armoured coffin’.The brutality of war is also portrayed well I found. For example, the corpses of men being pushed by vehicles into graves, the harshness men subject their fellow man too, etc.Overall I found that the film was well made, it is definitely worth watching in theaters where bombs and explosions can surprise and jolt you in your seat.The movie is not simply a ‘kill Nazi’ film without zero intelligence. The film is relatively fair, and is worth watching for the art, the intense battles, and the acting. However, it is definitely not a movie for children, and should be watched free of preconceived ideas that the ‘Germans were bad’ or the ‘Americans were bad’, watch it for what it is – a movie.