Fury: Film Review

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War movies are not usually my thing – and it is rare for me to find one that I actually enjoy. This film is great. It is no Saving Private Ryan nor does it reinvent the genre but it offers a fresh perspective and was superbly cast.

Brad Pitt is ‘Wardaddy”, a sergeant who leads a five-man tank team sweeping through German towns during the tail end of World War II in 1945. The film opens the crew heading back to camp as one of their men has died and they need a replacement. They are given Norman (Logan Lerman), who is young, naive and afraid. The roughened team – consisting of ‘Bible’ (Shia LaBeouf), ‘Gordo’ (Michael Pena) and ‘Coon Ass’ (Jon Bernthal) – give him a tough time to harden him to the brutal reality of war.

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The two stars in this film are Pitt and Lerman and that’s mainly because the other characters are not fleshed out so much and these are only two with a proper story arc. I was so impressed by Lerman. I have never considered his acting ability until now and he was incredible. He cries, barfs, gets smacked around and is generally a snivelling wreck the majority of the time. He is the only character you can really sympathise with and the events are seen through his eyes almost. Pitt’s character doesn’t have a radical transformation but in brief moments he shows weakness and how the war really affects him and his heroic sacrifice at the end was brilliant. The other three are just rough lads and I wish Bernthal played something different.

As expected from a war movie, everything is dirty, cold and bleak. The film is unflinching in its depiction of violence in the war and I liked that it was told from a tank crew perspective. I’ve never seen a film set inside a tank before – that must have been a logistical nightmare and damn claustrophobic for the actors. However, my favourite scene is where Wardaddy takes Norman to a house and you begin to prepare yourself for a rape, but he simply wants to have a proper wash and a civilised dinner. It also incorporated the German perspective by showing how they were affected during that time.

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There isn’t a great plot – we are simply being given an insight into their duty. I am guilty of switching off in action scenes that go on too long. I do that all the time and this happened during a few tank-on-tank battles but for the final showdown, I was hooked. It was so interesting, tense and you really want the guys to win.

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