Fury Movie Review

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.

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“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.

Fury Review
Gritty, realistic, and violent. You're looking a war movie? You definitely got one with Fury.
The fantastical ending seems a little unbelievable and out of place. But the story of the Fury crew trying to survive in World War II is interesting enough for the rest of the movie.
You got to respect how well Ayer showed what it was like to operate (and live in) a tank during this war. I'm sure plenty of these scenes were difficult to film.
Explosions and gunfire will make you feel like you're there. Soundtrack was appropriate for the movie, nothing out of the ordinary.
If you're a fan of war movies, Fury is worth it to go see in theaters. The characters may be a little simple and the ending a little too fantastical, but the overall experience of understanding what it was like to be on the front lines in Nazi Germany makes up for these flaws.


Rich Liebig (393 Posts)

Rich first became addicted to radio when he became a DJ on WEXP, La Salle University Radio, co-hosting the afternoon talk program "The Rich & Dubie Show." During his last year at college, he became Intern Pitchuation for the "Preston & Steve" morning show on 93.3 WMMR. Today, he continues to work at WMMR as part of their Promotions Team. With "The Crispy Noodle Podcast," Rich wants to provide the most entertainment and obscure movie quotes that he can jam-pack into a 2-hour podcast. He enjoys researching odd news, following Philadelphia sports teams, eating well-made coleslaw, and trying to hit a tiny golf ball as straight as possible.

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