Friday, October 17, 2014

Movie Review: Fury


Fury is one of the more intense and realistic war movies that I've seen in quite some time, and the cast is fantastic as well. It focuses on a tank crew stationed in Germany, near the end of World War II (spring 1945), and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) is in charge of a Sherman tank and its crew of five, including "Bible" (Shia LaBeouf), "Gordo" (Michael Peña), "Coon-Ass" (Jon Bernthal), and rookie Norman (Logan Lerman), who is scared to do his job. They're part of a battalion that soon dwindles down to include only them, and they must kill Germans, do their jobs, and - above all - stay alive.

The casting was spot-on in this movie. Brad Pitt was great as the veteran, who is the commander of the tank. Shia LaBeouf plays Boyd, nicknamed "Bible" for his propensity to spout Bible verses (he asks Lerman's character "Have you been saved?" almost as soon as they meet), and Jon Bernthal (from The Walking Dead) plays one of the rougher men, who doesn't care about anyone but himself, most of the time. Logan Lerman, with his baby-face, was also great as Norman, an army typist who is sent to work in the tank after their one of their comrades is killed.

Yes, see this movie, but (as you'd expect) it's definitely violent. Heads, limbs, and other body parts get blown off throughout, and a few times it is unexpected during a scene. I'd recommend this film to anyone who is intrigued by war movies or who enjoys a good story, as the story of the five men inside the tank is very interesting. We don't get a ton of background information on any of the characters, but that info is not particularly relevant here, either, as they fight for their lives in Nazi Germany.

Fury is in theaters today, October 17th, and is rated R with a runtime of 134 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

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