David Ayer, the writer and director of the latest World War II action flick Fury takes his audience for a ride inside a Sherman tank led by an army sergeant nicknamed “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt). The film starts off with a rookie soldier being thrust upon seasoned men to kick start a mission that may possibly be their last.
The term ‘fury’ has been defined as wild or violent anger or intense, disordered, and often destructive rage. The word is written across the Sherman tank the five-man crew resides in and depicts these boisterous men perfectly. Each one of them in their own way could be described as wild or intense or angry. They have reasons to be. They are fighting in a war that they may have been drafted into, they are sacrificing everything important to them to fight for their country’s freedom and ‘fury’ would be a great way to describe these characters, and these emotions that play on throughout the film to see how destructive war can be on a single person.
The film is described as an action packed war drama. For an action film taking place during World War II, it wasn’t very exciting. There were only a handful of scenes that would classify this film as “action.” For some audiences it would be more classified as a drama. There was one part in particular that slowed the whole film down and at the end of the movie it felt like it was a completely pointless scene. The part involved Wardaddy sneaking into a woman’s apartment where she lived with her cousin and trying to make peace, not sure if Ayer wanted to try and create some vulnerability through the characters or to exhibit a place of possible comfort or luxury for these beat up soldiers but it was just a long drawn out scene of absolute nothing.
The acting in the film was fantastic. Everyone made a big deal about this film starring Brad Pitt, and although he was great as usual, the actor that really shined in this film was Logan Lerman. He portrayed Norman, a young man that was drafted into the war basically against his will and the film follows his emotions as he struggles to overcome his fears and how he showcases his youth and vulnerability perfectly. He takes his audience through another level of his work and displays massive amounts of talent through each scene. Another phenomenal performance was by Shia LaBeouf, he portrayed another man in the tank, Boyd who would use Bible phrases and prayers to help get him through his dark days. LaBeouf is someone that is highly underrated as an actor, although he hasn’t done many dramatic roles he is absolutely on point in every scene of this film. He is constantly in the moment and expressing every emotion he feels through his eyes that literally feel like they are just being poured out through out the film.
With that being said, this film is only recommended to anyone that enjoys remarkable acting and a different look into a World War II film. It’s definitely not action packed, the story is a bit weak but the characters created through these tremendous performances would be the only reason to see this film.
Check out Fury in theaters today.