Riveting, Tense, and Emotional
By Matthew McKenna
Wars have brought memorable films such as Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, and Full Metal Jacket. Now a new movie can be added to the roster called Fury, directed by David Ayer.
The soldiers are played by the brilliant Brad Pitt, rising star Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal. This movie has an abundance of graphic and violent content, and swear words thrown every few seconds, so it is not suitable for children.
Towards the end of World War II, the Nazis become desperate as Allied Forces pushing into the lines of Germany. Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” played by Pitt, and his squad, LaBeouf as Bible, Bernthal as Grady, and Pena as Gordo, are the only survivors of a tank platoon with their surviving tank unit, Fury.
The new recruit Norman, played by Lerman, is forced into their group and is thrown into the battlefield without hesitation and proper training. Lerman is a relatable character because he doesn’t want to kill anyone. He has a strong conscience even though he is afraid. So much so, he would rather die before he has to kill someone.
Pitt’s role as a leader really shows in this movie. He dealt with any difficult situation that came his and his comrades way with ease but suffered it at the end with elements of post traumatic stress and anger.
Lerman’s role in this movie helped increase his reputation for excellent performances. He showed his evolution from being a cowardly recruit to a battle hardened soldier within a day.
Bernthal’s performance is like watching him take characteristics from his role in The Walking Dead as Shane by being the squad bully but also the one who feels the stress of everything happening on his shoulders.
LaBeof actually gave one of his best performances in this film. He truly captured believable emotions of a soldier during war.
All of the actors were sincere with the horror of war reflected in their faces. Each had their own personality and had perfect chemistry. They treated each other like more than just comrades, but as brothers that looked out for one another.
The fight scenes were very detailed and filled with emotion, and it went well with the flow of the story. Viewers will notice a similarity from this movie to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, in terms of the realism it had.
The only problems I had were with the bullets that were flying across the battlefield because they looked unrealistic and strangely resembled shots from blasters from Star Wars.
Overall, this war movie is worth the watch. It leaves the audience at the edge of their seat wanting to know what is going to happen and how the soldiers will deal with it. This film received 80 percent on rotten tomatoes while I give this movie 9 Fury tanks out of 10.