Director: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs
It’s World War 2 and a tank battalion loses everything, but one tank. In the midst of the fight, one of the crew members gets killed. So they roll into the nearest US base and are immediately assigned a new gunner. Unfortunately, he’s a typist and doesn’t know a thing about tanks. They haze the rookie by making him clean out their gut and blood covered tank hoping it would toughen him up for what he’s about to face.
I liked this movie, but it was very intensely gory, and that’s worth knowing before you watch. Some areas don’t necessarily have ‘in your face’ gore, but it still shows it very subtly throughout, with gore hidden within the image. This style of editing slowly builds up and results in a very dreary and morose atmosphere. There’s one scene artistic shot of a tank rolling through mud, and if you look long enough you can see the uniform of a soldier, then as it slowly rolls forward it shows a dead soldier is still in it. It encapsulates the unforgiving nature of war, rather then spend half the movie about the soldiers wanting to go home, like so many other war films do.
The character development didn’t rely on stereotypes or tropes which are so frequently seen in most war movies, giving the film a more genuine feel. Jon Bernthal plays a redneck who knew he wasn’t worth much, except that he was good at killing. This isn’t seen much in movies because in many war movies they are the first to go insane, become just another ‘bad guy,’ and get killed. Shia LaBeouf plays a crazed Bible thumper who is suffering from various stages of PTSD. This is another type of character you don’t see too often, merely on the fact that strongly religious people are usually continuously mocked throughout the film.
While it was obvious he had problems, the character didn’t wane from his beliefs. He still respected his fellow allies and they respected him enough to keep their mouth shut about his preaching. Brad Pitt was a cool to the core Sergeant, and from my experience he’s what seasoned veterans are like. Logan Lerman was the every-man. Instead of having a long speech about how killing was wrong, instead his change in character was gradual and without dramatizations, which was nice to see. Due to all this, it built a foundation for a more believable look into soldiers lives during the war. Michael Peña was basically the guy with really bad PTSD and severe depression. Now in a lot of movies he’d go insane or be given a medical discharge, then never seen from again. This was refreshing because it showed they could be worked with while doing their job. Its like a lot of writers write about mental illness without any research.
Fury is above average when it comes to WW2 movies. This is a very worn genre, but this breathes new life into these kinds of movies just by simply telling a different kind of story. Its different approach in character development, its presentation of the tragedies involved, and even the way it shows other perspectives of war without making the people involved look psychotic, is welcoming. All of the acting involved was top notch, the visuals were stunning, grotesque, and a little different then most. All in all this is a great WW2 film and it would make a great addition to your collection.
Rhys’ rating: 7.5 out of 10