Review: Fury

fury - NZ DadsFury is a fictional film the follows the crew of a Sherman tank in April 1945, as the allies make their final push in the European Theatre. The film concentrates on the crew of the tank named Fury as they have a rookie soldier put into their long standing team, while they face the absolute brutality of war.

The film caught me by surprise as to just how good it was. One thing to note when watching the film though is it is fictional, it is inspired by veterans from the war but it makes no attempt to pretend that it is based off any true events. The grim, dark, gritty and depressing elements of war really show throughout Fury. Scenes of limbs being lost, dead bodies being squashed into the mud by a tank, bodies tied to posts as a warning really show the absolute brutality of the Second World War. This is portrayed well through the film by Logan Lerman who absolutely nails the role of Norman the rookie who is assigned to the team. Watching Norman’s fresh eyes on the situations allow the viewer to see the horrors being committed by someone in the film who sees them as the horrible events they are and as his mind-set changes, you find your own mind-set changing with him.

It would be amiss to not mention the excellent performance by Brad Pitt who plays Don, the battle-hardened Army sergeant who leads the crew. Don can be heartless when it is required for the strength of his crew, at other times he lets his humanity show. One surprise act for me was definitely Shia LeBeouf who plays Boyd, a very religious man and the Fury’s gunner. Watching LeBeouf, I found him so convincing that I almost wondered if he believed he was Boyd.

Though Fury is not based on true events, director David Ayer went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the movie felt genuine. From having sessions with veterans to having his cast use actual war time tanks including the only known functional German Tiger tank. This really shone through the film; it really did give the impression that they could be telling a true story. There were scenes that actually shocked me at times and the fighting scenes felt genuine, you could tell they were fighting in real tanks throughout the film and this only appeared to bring out the absolute best in the actors.

As far as Blu-ray features go there was certainly enough to really round out the experience from the film. It has deleted scenes, etc. but some of the behind the scenes work was amazing. Watching the team bond with the tank they filmed in gave some true insight to how they were able to perform the way they did on film. What I really enjoyed though was the stories being told by the veterans that David Ayer got to help inspire the film and cast. They were very short stories but because of how fresh the war still is to them it was really heartfelt and a great way to finish the experience of the film.

Overall Fury had some scenes that seemed almost unbelievable but they were few and far between. The dark grittiness of the film left me almost stunned, it was by no stretch of the imagination a fun film but it really was a really amazing experience. It certainly earns its R16 rating with some very graphic scenes but they really fit the narrative as opposed to being tacked on for the sakes of making it “brutal”.

9/10 – Fury is a very graphic depiction of a tank crew as they experience time on German land. Well rounded performances and David Ayre’s eye for detail makes Fury an excellent and unforgettable film experience.

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