Cary, NC — Fury tells the tale of five soldiers and their tank in the last days of WWII. Writer/director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) has crafted an intense war drama that features some unique and visceral action scenes as well as another great performance from star Brad Pitt.
Pitt Leads A Terrific Cast
At first glance, one could think that the main characters are nothing but clichéd war characterizations. There’s the tough as nails leader, here played by Brad Pitt. There’s the religious soldier, played by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), the redneck, played by Jon Bernthal ( The Wolf of Wall Street), the drunk, played by Michael Pena (End of Watch) and the innocent one who’s new to the war, played by Logan Lerman (Noah). Thankfully, director Ayer hired himself one hell of a cast, as each and every one of them rises above what’s on the page and manages to make an impression.
LaBeouf has a calm and quiet confidence in the film, which he uses to great effect in numerous dramatic moments. Bernthal has done this kind of role before, but he does it well. Pena, a truly gifted actor, has also quietly become one of the most reliable comedic actors working, and here he brings some much needed levity. And of course, Pitt is terrific as Wardaddy, the man in charge of this crew. Pitt wears the horror of war on his face both figuratively and literally, giving a much more internal performance here than in his other WWII movie and proves once again what a versatile actor he has become.
If anyone gets the short end of the stick it’s Lerman. His character has to go from typist to hardened killer over the course of the film, and while Lerman does a commendable job, I just couldn’t completely buy into the transformation as it feels like it happens just a little too easy and a little too fast. It’s more of a nitpick though, and nothing that ruins the film completely.
The action scenes that Ayer has put together are intense and realistic. The director makes a choice to have the ammunition being fired have a “laser gun” like quality. I know it’s a choice that’s somewhat based in reality, but it’s heightened here which help the scenes stand out. There’s one sequence in particular where Fury, the actual name of the tank in the film, does battle with a German tank that’s no more than 10 feet in front of it. It’s an amazingly crafted moment and makes for not only great filmmaking but a great lesson in tank warfare.
Fury – Worth the Trip
Fury is a very good WWII film, offering a point of view that hasn’t been seen much from the genre. Filled with violence, action and great performances from just about everyone involved, Fury is easily worth a trip to the theater.
Jordan Hunt covers the movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.