CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for the film FURY.
Fury opened last week but had such buzz — I had to check it out. And I can see why it does!
The film’s namesake Fury — is the name of a World War II tank and the film tells the story of her crew battling Nazi forces near the end of the war. This tank and crew has been in service since Africa three years before. Nearly every body in the tank, of course has a war name. They consist of “Wardaddy” played by Brad Pitt, “Bible” played by Shia Lebeuff, “Gordo” played by Michael Pena, John Bernthall is Grady, and Norman — the new arrival and should-have-been-clerk-typist-now-a-gunner played by Logan Lerman.
They roll through battles and into country side and cities alike, and as they do, we learn what makes the tank tick, it’s limitations and the crews.
The middle of the film is among some of the tense and most true character development I’ve seen in a war film. They take a break in a German city and Wardaddy takes a bath, enjoys the company of a lady and her cooking… and teaches a few lessons along the way… But this film is as brutal as they come. It’s practically a horror movie. The realities of war will make you flinch — as they should. The depiction of the aftermath of surviving a mean battle… makes you feel like you were there.
Brad Pitt as the Colonel is absolutely perfect. His tension and build, softness and brutality are amazing to watch. He reminds me a bit of the old school actors in a film that could have been made fifty years ago. LeBeouf and Pena are stellar as well, and the green Norman played by Lerman gives just the thing we needed to see to make us understand where all these soldiers came from to get to where they are. Award season will surely feel this FURY. David Ayers directs with a steady and grim hand. Nominations are coming for this director and Pitt for sure.
FOUR AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE COOKIES