Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
In the depths of war each man is only as strong as the man beside him. It is April, 1945. The Allies have entered Germany. Hitler in desperation declares all out war forcing every man, woman and child to join the military. Battle-hardened U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands an Sherman tank named Fury and its veteran five-man crew Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), and Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña). Having lost their assistant driver/bow gunner Fury’s squad find their replacement is a recently-enlisted Army typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) who has never seen the inside of a tank before, let alone experienced the devastating and brutal reality of combat. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Fury faces off against Nazi Germany under overwhelming odds in a heroic attempt to complete a vital mission deep in enemy territory.
Written and directed by David Ayer Fury is more than just a World War II tank battle movie who’s focus is on the effects of war on the human spirit and how its tests our moral codes, spiritual beliefs and the effects on the soul. There are no heroes in this movie, not by usual Hollywood standards, no epic meaningful deaths and slow-motion cut scenes. There is no “Hoo-Raaa” its a job they do as best they can do it for as long as fortune or god allows them to. It is an immensely compelling and beautifully dramatic story with action and suspense. It does not have the same sprawling scope as some other World war II movies such as Saving private Ryan, but it’s not meant to, the story is contained to reflect the close quarter battles of tank warfare where every man literally relies on the other and the bigger grander scheme left to the rest of the fronts. This one’s about Fury and the job they were given. The soundtrack was beautifully written by Oscar winning composer Steven Price who struck a musical balance with an emotionally resonant and action-packed score. I have since bought the soundtrack and love every moment of it.
Why did I chose this movie? Having watched the trailer on the last visit to the movies Keith Jonny and I had decided that it would be the next movie on the list. I was expecting it to be good but even my high hopes where surpassed by this leviathan of a movie. I was expecting to hate Shia LaBeouf in this movie, but I was proved wrong. His acting ability and humble onscreen presence was so opposed to what I had expected it to be Hhis character was cast perfectly for him, in fact they all where. They all just fitted the roles that where cast in effortlessly proving to be actors not movie stars. They where in this for the movie not for themselves and that love for the movie is shown onscreen. The focus was not on the big names connected with this movie but the story they were all happy to be a part of. The special effects, gore and explosions where all used to depict the truth of war rather than a quick thrill. Deliberately paced action packed and full of emotional drama Fury is a brutally honest, graphic, action-packed war movie. Astonishing from beginning to end and one of the best movies I have watched this year.