Directed by David Ayer, staring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. In 1945 Allies make their final push from behind enemy lines towards the heart of Germany , Fury is one of the tanks sent to push forward, this film is about Fury and it’s crew facing overwhelming odds.
When I went to see Fury my expectations were not high, as I was envisioning a war film made by hollywood to have glamour and loud music like previous war films such as Inglorious Bastards, due to Brad Pitt’s involvement. Instead what is shown is one of the most striking, powerful and honest war films I have seen for years, as well as one of the most serious emotional.
It is an equal balance between German History and English History, with small but highly significant parts throughout that are a huge part of history but not usually shown in a hollywood films.
The tone is set almost immediately by Brad Pitt’s character Don Collier Aka, War Daddy, which starts with such a brutal scene, that enables us to understand the tone in which this film will take us and enables us to be prepared for the rest of the film. This is a brutal hard hitting film, which makes it one of the best, with it’s honesty about these men who have survived so much you can see how tired they are and why respect is deserved by those who fought.
The cast is simply outstanding, with Shia LaBeouf giving his absolute best performance of his carrier as the Priest known as ‘Bible’; religion being of huge significance throughout. Brad Pitt delivers in spades as the leader of these men, he also gives one of the best performances in years, he is able to be the hardest man in that tank and yet even he needs a moment or two to be human again when he is alone. Logan Lerman is an interesting actor as the films I have previously seen him in are mediocre, such as ‘Percy Jackson’, however I was astounded both by his performance and the sheer weight that his character was forced to deal with in war. These three performances were mesmerising and simply beautiful to watch, particularly in the ‘Dinner table scene’ which is one of my favourite moments of all time simply because of how the actors performed and interacted with each other. The Chemistry and dynamic between the five men is perfect which makes this film more then just a war film.
Though not the same war, one thing that struck me as particularly interesting is that before the film started an advert was played for people to sign up to fight in the army, this showed joy and aspirations. Fury showed how dark and cold war is and and how honest a reflection of war it is.
OVERALL ***** one of my favourite film of the year which cannot escape my mind, the performances were impeccable and the story places you at the start of an emotional roller-coaster that never stops until at the end where you feel drained but so glad to have been witness.
RECOMMENDATION – though there were parts even I turned away at due to it’s violent nature, this film is a spectacle that deserves attention and is something to be watched and in cinemas in order to convey the sound and heart of the film.