Film Review: “Fury”

***1/2OUT OF 4

fury-posterDirector-writer David Ayer (“Training Day”,”End of Watch”) depicts the last days of World War II with precision and exacting skill. It is a good, solid film which focuses on the battle from the perspective of the infantry soldiers that fought the war in tanks. We follow a combat unit, which takes its name from the inscription on the Sherman tank’s gun barrel-“Fury”, over the course of 24 hours.

The film focuses on a group of five, led by Sgt.Don “Wardaddy”Collier the character played with ferocious intensity by Brad Pitt. Here, he is a battle weary tank commander going after the Nazis into their own country in April of 1945, after D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

With personnel ranks depleted, Sgt. “Wardaddy” has to break in a new rookie assistant driver (a wonderful Logan Lerman) with no combat experience.”We’re not here for right and wrong. We’re here to kill them,”says “Wardaddy”to the rookie who enlisted as a typist. In an early scene he forces Mr. Lerman’s character, Norman Ellison. to kill a German soldier, who has been showing photos of his family, by shooting him in the back.

In their time with Sgt. “Wardaddy”, gunner Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf). Loader Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal). and driver (Michael Pena) have learned that the cliché that “war is hell” is, in fact.true They have learned the difference between murder and killing the enemy.

After the Allies secure a town there’s time for R & R. “Wardaddy”. who speaks fluent German, takes young Norman into the home of a lovely mother and daughter for some illicit fun. This poignant interlude is the only break we get from the non-stop action,

Shooting on 35mm film in England, DP Roman Vasyanov gives the film an attractively muted look of rugged endurance. The look and feel of the battles generate a degree of verisimilitude rarely encountered in a war film.

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