Does director David Ayer’s “Fury” match up to other legendary World War II movies like “Saving Private Ryan” or does it get left in the mud? We’re breaking the movie “Fury” down in this movie review.
“Ideals are peaceful. But history is violent.”
This great line is said by Brad Pitt’s character, Don “Wardaddy” Collier, the Sergeant and leader of the Sherman tank Fury. Not too much is known about the character; but within the first act of the movie, it’s evident that he’s a badass tough guy who knows the grim realities of the situation that his men and others find themselves in — the tank riders are literally at the forefront of a war the Nazis and it’s unlikely they’re going to make it out alive. It’s a dirty situation.
The first act of this movie sets this stage up perfectly — the German landscape is nothing but mud, and piles among piles of rubble and dead bodies lie scattered; hell, there’s even a shot of a dead body that’s been run over by a tank so many times that it’s indistinguishable from the mud it’s lying in.
Make no mistake: this movie is not for the faint of heart. There’s no Hollywood shimmer on this flick. There’s bullets, there’s explosions, there’s stress, and there’s plenty of death to go around in this movie. When the group is riding inside the tank, there’s unique close-ups of the crew members that give the feel of how tightly packed in these guys were inside the tanks. David Ayer ensured this movie would be gritty, stressful, and violent enough to make you feel like you’re riding along with these guys into battle.
The gritty realism works for the environment of the movie, but unfortunately is derailed by the film’s fantastical ending, where Wardaddy’s loyal crew is alone and must face a whole regiment of German SS officers on their own. It still works as a decent and somewhat satisfying ending, but it’s tough to believe that a smart Sergeant, who speaks fluent German and knows how to survive so far in this war, would be willing to risk the lives of his crew and go head-to-head with a whole SS regiment. It’s extremely machismo, so it’s a guilty pleasure to admit that it does work for the movie. However, the fantastical, less-than-stellar ending is what ultimately keeps this movie from achieving the ranks of top-tier war movies, like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Full Metal Jacket.”
The supporting cast, which includes Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, and The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, gives a great performance and they make a great crew to rally behind in the film. They may be a little stereotypical; but the movie isn’t necessarily about them as individuals, rather it’s more about how they all try to survive in the chaos that is World War II Nazi Germany. In addition, Logan Lerman portrays a rookie tank driver who must mature in order to survive with the crew that he is now a part of. Lerman adds another great supporting performance there, as well.