Fury

Posted: October 31, 2014 in Movie Reviews

The battle-hardened warriors of Fury, grim and stern.

The battle-hardened warriors of Fury, grim and stern.

General Patton once said, “Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.” These words echo and resonate deeply within this World War II film in a way that only a handful of its kind have before. There are many of these films out there: gritty, blood-filled, tragic, brutal, and intense. But Fury is a sort of cinematic historian’s guide as it delves into the routine of life in a WWII tank.

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 Summary: (No spoilers)

Through blood, sweat and sacrifice, the five-man crew of an American Sherman tank (nicknamed “Fury”) have endured all that is humanly possible over the course of three years. Lead by Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt——Troy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the battle-hardened group fights tenaciously in the heart of Germany in the waning months of the war. Along the way, each man must battle within as they cope with their ruthless responsibilities that slowly wear down their own humanity like a wave against a rock.

Also starring: Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, John Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs

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 We all know war is atrocious. We’re aware of its horrors. But like Saving Private Ryan, we have the occasional opportunity through film to be reminded of just how horrific of an experience that millions of men were subjected to. There’s nothing nice about Fury. There’s no sugarcoating, no pandering to the faint of heart. But lest that deters you from seeing it, remove yourself from your comfort level for two hours. If you do, you’ll find this to be a sobering experience.

Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman_Fury

What also works well cinematically is the opportunities given to become invested in the characters. Each is given their own personality, their own set of guidelines and moral attributes. Brad Pitt’s character is, akin to many other war-film lead characters, a battle-hardened and tenacious man who cares undyingly for the safety and life of his crew. Young Logan Lerman exhibits perhaps his best performance yet in his fledgling career through his portrayal of the young, inexperienced kid who is thrust into the cruel conflict. And Shia LaBeouf——well past his Transformers days——shows us that his acting abilities are far from exhausted. With few other side characters, we’re given Fury’s entirety to connect with these core five.

In a nutshell:

Haunting in its narrative and decisive in its plot, David Ayers delivers an emotionally-impacting film that will rock you to your core. There’s not much more to say, other than to go see it. The film is so historically accurate and passionately made, that you become immersed and engrossed in a film dripping with emotional drama on a personal scale.

8.5 stars

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