Friday, October 17, 2014

Fury (2014)
Releases October 17, 2014
2 hr 14 mins
Rated R
Action/Adventure, Drama


Director: David Ayer

Brad Pitt as US Army Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Shia LaBeouf as Boyd "Bible" Swan
Logan Lerman as Norman "Cobb" Ellison
Michael Peña as US Army Cpl. Trini "Gordo" Garcia
Jon Bernthal as Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis
Jason Isaacs as US Army Cpt. Waggoner
Scott Eastwood as Sergeant Miles
Xavier Samuel as Lt. Parker
Brad William Henke as Sergeant Davis
Eugenia Kuzmina as Hilda Meier
Kevin Vance as Sgt. Peterson
Branko Tomović
Iain Garrett as Sgt. Foster
Stella Stocker as Edith

Review by Stephen M.

Fury while no Brand of Brothers, is a great look into and around a tank heavily involved in the Allies push into Nazi Germany.  The tank, named Fury is led by Sargent Don Collier (Brad Pitt) who treats his men like family and his tank as their home.  The interaction between the men and the battle scenes makes this a must see for fans of war movies.

In a lot of other World War 2 films and television shows I have seen, the tank while featured does not play as pivotal a role in a movie as it does here.  The tank battle scenes and the hazards they face as far as opposition is intense as the guys face ambushes, a tiger tank and incredible odds.  Besides the battle scenes, seeing what young men, some of them children thrown to the wolves with no experience against their will snaps us into reality how brutal war can be.  Logan Lerman as Norman "Cobb" Ellison, the rookie of Fury portrays this well and how war can change someone.

The other actors and actresses all does well in the film including Brad Pitt as the lead, US Army Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier.  Michael Peña as US Army Cpl. Trini "Gordo" Garcia, while an interesting character, seems out of place seeing as how the 40s were not that race tolerant of a decade.  The biggest problem with the film is the long downtime between battle scenes that drags out unnecessarily.  For example when Gordo talks about having to shoot horses during an impromptu meal at a town the men had cleared out.

Overall, I would recommend the film. This type of film needs to be seen on the big screen.  As I mentioned, some parts of the film does drag, but overall, with solid acting by a talented cast including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Logan Lerman, that can be overlooked.  The film is not for the squeamish given that it is a very graphic war film including head shots, decapitations and hanging bodies.  The final battle scene seems a bit unreal, but enjoyable to watch anyway.  Give the film a try but not after a long day at work.


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