To say that David Ayer, the writer and director of “Fury,” has had a mediocre career thus far, would be an understatement. For every great film like Training Day or End of Watch you get a disaster like Sabotage or Street Kings. Last I checked batting .500 in the film industry is not a great track record. Pretty much the director/writer has not been very consistent in his work, not a horrible director but one that needs to find his footing. Nonetheless I love movies based upon war and the cast he put together for “Fury” is top notch. So I entered with high hopes for the WWII action drama.
We have seen many World War II films throughout the years but the story of the Sherman tank “Fury” is one that’s premise is intriguing. We don’t start at the beginning of the war or even the middle of the war like most films, nope we start at the end when the war is already over. Fury is commanded by Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), with a crew of men that include Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), the religious Bible reading gunner; Trini Garcia (Michael Peña), the comedy relief and driver; Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal), the biggest a**hole in the group and the loader of the 76mm gun. Soon after the death of one of the crew members, the group is joined by newbie Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), an Army typist sent to the front lines during the end of the war.