NOT VERY “INGLOURIOUS” BUT THE FILM OFFERS A WELL-ACTED, EMOTIONAL, AND INTENSE WAR EPIC, WITH ANOTHER SOLID PERFORMANCE BY BRAD PITT!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: B+ (3 stars)
From writer and director, David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day, The Fast & the Furious) comes an exciting new war epic set in the harsh times of World War II. And much like another certain movie set in World War II that received critical acclaim a few years ago, the always entertaining, Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds, Moneyball, World War Z) stars as the military sergeant.
Also like Inglourious Basterds, Fury is gritty and often hard to watch but the character development, acting, cinematography, and plot will keep you invested and hopefully once the film is over, you’ll come out of the theater satisfied.
Set during the last month of the European Theater of war during World War II, April 1945. As the Allies soldiers make their way into Nazi Germany, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) leads an M4A3E8 Sherman tank named “Fury” and its five man crew, Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf-Transformers, Lawless, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Norman “Machine” Ellison (Logan Lerman-Percy Jackson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah), Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña-Crash, End of Watch, American Hustle), Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal-The Wolf of Wall Street), and US Army Cpt. Waggoner (Jason Issacs-Harry Potter franchise, Peter Pan, Batman: Under the Red Hood) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Outnumbered and hilariously outgunned, Wardaddy and his five men must face overwhelming odds to kill all the Nazis and become heroes.
Overall, Fury is a well-put together war movie, the cinematography is very big and epic, reminds me a lot of Saving Private Ryan when I look at it. The acting is also pretty solid, especially from Brad Pitt, he portrays Army sergeants so well, but the ones who really surprised me were Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, because usually I incorporate them with nerdy and awkward characters, but no, Shia’s character is very serious and he delivers it very well, and Logan, while he starts off kind of as a weeping soldier, he eventually grows the balls to shoot some Nazis and whenever something sad happens to him, you can really feel the pain he’s going through, yeah, Percy Jackson almost got me all emotional.
Then of course, there’s the war scenes and they are very gripping and intense, lots of shooting, explosions, dead soldiers, and dead Nazis in the film, let’s just hope Pitt doesn’t order his men to chop off the corpses’ scalps.
If you’re a fan of Brad Pitt or the rest of the cast and can get through some grisly war violence, chances are you’ll find something to enjoy from Fury, just don’t expect it to be the next Inglourious Basterds or Saving Private Ryan.