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[Review] – ‘Fury’

 
 
Overview
 

Release Date: 17 October 2014 [USA]
 
Director: David Ayer
 
Writer: David Ayer
 
Cast: Brad Pitt - Shia LaBeouf - Logan Lerman - Michael Peña - Jon Bernthal
 
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5/5


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3 total ratings

 


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Posted October 26, 2014 by

 
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Review:

For some reason the war genre will never run dry. It’s something which makes us all sit down, edge of seats and jaws in line to drop. There’s just a large area to work with, routes to go down and characters to look at for some very dark times in the world’s past. However one thing is, it’s always glorified. It’s always about the victory and winning rather than rarely touching on the characters and what they went through. Well David Ayer, who directed the stunning cop drama End of Watch, returns with Fury a well shaped, well paced war drama about a tank crew.

The basic plot is set towards the end of the second world war in April 1945. Brad Pitt is the leader of a tank crew which hosts Shia LaBeouf, John Berthnal, working again with Michael Pen (End Of Watch) and also newcomer to the tank crew Logan Lerman. The crew are traveling through Germany, war torn and damaged except for newcomer Norman (Lerman) who must soon learn it’s kill or be killed. The films ideas are just that as Brad Pitt carefully puts it ‘it’s us or them.’ It’s a character driven film as they’re all very damaged, they don’t want to be here but they understand they have to with the film acting as Normans journey through a man hood sort of story dedicated to war.

All the cast are brilliant with the battle worn tank being commanded by Pitt himself who acts like the hard nosed man with a plan when really he’s just as scared as everyone else. He even stops at one point realising what they’re doing when two children carrying guns are shot down and this is where Fury goes. It doesn’t depict the typical war style of the time film. It’s vicious, it’s dark and it’s got grit. Your so consumed by what’s going on you feel yourself in that tank with these characters feeling what they’re feeling. They’re Brothers, they’re family with Pitt even referring the tank, with its name ‘Fury’ etched on the cannon, calling it home. The film stumbles around the concepts of religion featuring LaBeouf as the religious man of the group, still gunning down Nazis which makes Norman question everyone’s morals. Are they doing the right thing? Well he soon adapts, learns to fight as they all shout from the tank ‘the best job I ever had.’

David Ayer returns with another different film from End of Watch with this focusing heavily on the tank crew but it has similarity as End of Watch focused on two police officers traveling round in a police car. The film does feel similar as we travel in the tank and the crew make jokes about what’s going on, trying to liven things up a little. It has a symmetry to End of Watch as the police officers travelled having casual chat, making jokes even though they to had their life on the line. It’s some sort of dark humour but very realistic storytelling for what David Ayer has created and Fury does it perfectly. It feels very real and very natural. A scene screamed out to me which focused on Pitt and Lerman playing family with two German woman until the rest of the crew busts down the door and ruins their meal. The scene must have played out for 20 minutes but it just worked perfectly. These solders stumbling round drunk telling Pitt you can’t live like this, this isn’t us, we’re at war until bombs start dropping and it hits them they’re all very changed men.

There’s plenty of character and heart in Fury and it fits perfectly in David Ayer’s directing style and writing. All the characters just bring their own to it and there’s just a lot of emotion to be drawn from how very real it all feels. Be sure to check out another brilliant David Ayer film!

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One Comment


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    Theo_Tessa
     
     
     
     
     

    Man, I wanted to do this review as well… You got there first !
    I can’t really blame you, since the movie is actually great, but your ratings are a bit too much over the roof… Like : 5/5 cinematography ?? The dude made six films, half of them were plain disapointment…
    The acting is good, but I felt Pitt to be staying in his “Inglourious Basterds” caracter somehow (the haircut maybe ?)
    And there’s two major things I really can’t acknowledge to be normal in the film : how did the first gunman (that Norman replaced) died (you can’t really end up like he did inside of a tank without arming anyone else) ; and the end (which I won’t spoil)… No way that would have really happen like that…
    About visual effects, I also was pretty bugged with the “coloration” of the bullets being fired : I felt like being in front of a bad Star Wars makeover…
    Anyways, these tiny issues apart, the film is great, dark, hard-boiled… 4/5





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