When it comes to war movies, it’s safe to assume that you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em. It’s the same with Fury, Brad Pitt’s war action/drama that revolves around a crew of a tank in Europe during World War II. The premise of the film itself is considerably original with only but a handful of films based on tank warfare (The Beast and Tank, being the only two we can recall watching). So with a largely unexplored premise along with the talents of Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal as well as the realistic feel of the movie, Fury does have a lot riding on it. Let’s see if this tank drama fires away in more ways than one…
The Story: Set during the Allies’ final push in the European Theatre, Fury revolves around Wardaddy, a battle-hardened army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Faced with certain danger and being constantly outnumbered and outgunned, with a rookie crew member under his watch, Wardaddy has to overcome overwhelming odds as he tries to complete his task and keep his crew safe from danger.
What Worked: The authentic gritty feel of the film. Credit has to be given to director David Ayer and cinematographer Roman Vasyanov for making Fury a visual feast. The action sequences and tense moments are captured brilliantly and often times it puts the audience in the thick of the action and also within the tight confines of the Sherman tank.
What Didn’t: The over gratuitous violence played out throughout the film. Although we’re appreciative of the realistic elements that are played out on screen, watching soldiers getting their heads and limbs blown off one too many times, just takes a little bit away from this rather good war drama.
Plus Points: The realistic feel of the film and the usage of actual war strategies. Watch out for the key battle scene between the Shermans against a German Tiger tank, it will undoubtedly put you at the edge of your seat.
Minus Points: The violence and the overtly drawn out ‘war is hell’ message that the film constantly reminds you of.
Conclusion: As far as war movies go, Fury is rather good, but it’s not a classic that falls in with the greats like Saving Private Ryan or Das Boot. However with an ensemble cast, a gritty story, and raw action sequences, it is a film that will entertain as well as make you think.