Review - Fury

Fury (2014), R, 134 minutes - This is another film that I was fortunate enough to catch before it disappeared form theaters, but haven't had the time to get anything written up. Fury is a film that caught my eye as soon as I saw the trailer earlier this year. Then a couple former co-workers highly recommended it and I knew that it would be right up my alley. I've always enjoyed period pieces, especially those that portray the difficulties of war time. Fury takes place in the waning days of World War II as the Allied forces push into Nazi Germany and focuses on Staff Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier (Brad Pitt), his four man crew, and the tank they operate.

Collier runs a tight-nit crew who loses a member in battle early in the film. The rest of the group Boyd 'Bible' Swan (Shia LeBeouf), Trini 'Gordo' Garcia (Michael Peña), and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis (Jon Bernthal) have to adjust to the dynamic of having a new member - Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) - assigned to their tank. Ellison is a new recruit with no war experience whatsoever, and his apprehension for battle endangers the crew. Fury is every bit as much about his maturation as a soldier and acceptance within the crew as it is about Collier's leadership. All five members of the tank team turn in strong performances. It is their interactions and team dynamic that make Fury as compelling a film as it is.

I feel like it should go without saying considering the subject matter, but there are a couple pretty gruesome scenes. Fortunately they do not last long, but they certainly pack the intended punch. Fury is a very intense film, and well worth a watch. I highly enjoyed it and really appreciated the different approach it took in telling a tale set during World War II.


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