Fury – From sanity to utter craziness
Interesting: The film featured Tiger 131, the last surviving working Tiger I. The tank belongs to Bovington Tank Museum. It is the first time a real Tiger tank – and not a prop version – has been used on a film set.
While filming: Star Shia LaBeouf pulled out his own tooth and refused to shower in order to “understand what his character would have been through”, angering much of the cast and crew.
Should I go see it?
Yeah! If you like action movie with a good story and some facts thrown into the mix. You’ll definitely like it. It also show you what might have been life as a crewman for a M4A3E8 Sherman tank during World War II.
Directed by David Ayer
Released on October 17, 2014
Running Time: 134 minutes
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal
Review – 4/5 stars
The film is set during the last month of the European Theater of war during World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands an M4A3E8 Sherman tank called “Fury” and its five-man crew, consisting of Boyd “Bible” Swan, Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis, and Trini “Gordo” Garcia. After losing the assistant driver in battle, he gets a recently enlisted typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), as a replacement.
The crew, which has been together since the North African Campaign, initially despises Norman for his lack of experience and excessive compassion towards Germans (Norman refuses to shoot a captive German artillerists, and cannot bring himself to shoot at Hitlerjugend teenagers because of their age).
If you are the kind of person who like action movie, you’ll definitely like it. It’s also good for those of you who want a little more. The film has a pretty good story that make emphases on the horrors of war. Like the difference between regular german soldier and the hardcore SS who were willing to sacrifice everything to stop allies forces advance into Germany even at the price of everyone lives. As the time pass, the film will bring you along for the corruption of innocence by war of Norman, the new recruit. As he see cities being destroyed, innocent people being hang because they no longer wanted war or being force to kill or be killed. Slowly but surely, Norman become part of the Fury’s unit. Quote by Don, played by Brad Pitt, “Pacifist are idiots and history is violent”.
Boyd “Bible” Swan, played by LaBeouf, also bring the religious aspect during war to the movie. How can the soldiers actually believe in god when face with so much bloodshed and as he said to Norman “Wait and see what a man can actually do to another man”. How can the soldiers of the Fury who have seen all their Division being torn apart by Tiger still believe. Funny thing, they actually do. They consider themselves the luckiest of all because battle after battle, they continue to live on while their comrades have fallen in the most atrocious ways when the only thing separating them was that one team had chosen to go left and the other one, right.
From the point of view of history and facts, Fury is a great movie because it introduce World War II as seen by the men in Tanks which is rarely shown on TV. No more action movie portraying a tank exploding just as if it were a unmanned machine. With Fury, it also show the destiny of those who operate the machine. The effect that has anti-tank missile on his crew and what become of them as they are surrounded or how their day to-day live is within this machine of death that a team of five men call home but what would anyone else describe as a big metal coffin.
At some point during the movie, you only want to take Norman and beat the crap out of him. I didn’t feel any emotion toward Norman other than “Grow the fuck up, you are getting everyone else kill”.