Brad Pitt leads a cast of well-known actors as the Tanks Sergeant ‘Wardaddy’. He has fought long and hard across many continents and has certainly a few battle scars, both physical and emotionally. His Sherman tank crew have been through hell and back, and are asked once again to step back into the gap to fight a desperate German army on the brink of utter annihilation.
Wardaddys veteran crew includes Michael Pena (Gordo) and Jon Bernthal(Coon-Ass) with their distinctive cultural backgrounds. And then there is Shia LaBeouf (Bible). To be honest i was not expecting much out of his acting, but frankly i thought it was great. His character really stood out an provided a really interesting spiritual element to the storyline.
A last minute addition to the team is Norman Ellison, played by Logan Lerman. With his only experience being at the Army Typing pool he is drafted into the final desperate push of the Allies to crush the Germans. This story is as much of a take about his introduction to war, as it is a tale about the veterans struggling to keep it all together.
As the Tank crew make their way to defend a crossroad they are met with a number of obstacles and encounters that leads us the audience into a journey of discovery for each of these characters.
Now David Ayer is not a household name when it comes to films, but he certainly has introduced the world to some very watchable movies, The Fast and Furious and Training Day among many. He even helmed (no pun intended) the film U-571 starring Matthew McConaughey. And while that film was in no way an accurate portrayal of the events around U-571, it did capture the essence of the importance of that single act in World War 2.
And so that slightly imperfect story telling leaks into Fury, with a few inaccuracies for World War 2 buffs to fizz at the bung over. But again it almost feels like Fury is in fact a composite of many tales from the perspective of an American World War Sherman tank crew.
This story is about the grit and horrors of war, the men who fought in it and ultimately fought themselves towards the end. It’s raw and brutal to the senses and leaves the audience in no doubt about the realities of life in World War 2.
Ayer has written and directed one of the more harrowing tales of humanity under fire I have seen. It’s not brilliant, but it leaves an impression.
Rating: R16 Violence and offensive language.