Fury (2014)

Fury (2014)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal

Plot: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

My Review and Thoughts:

One of the best examples of the horrors of war on the personal side of fighting war. The darkness, gritty, dirty. The unnatural. It shows you during the time of war there is no good or bad there is just fight and survive. It shows you the most important is the will to survive and that in war both sides have their darkness. It's an important experience and a dark approach to the emotional side of history. There is no good or God in war, only winners and the losers.

Nazi's where evil but evil can be both sides. There is a fine line between what is good and bad. One's good can also be ones bad. One's bad can also be ones good. War is war. War is unflattering, unflinching darkness on humanity. Bad things. Horrible things. Disturbing and emotional things happen during war. Fury is a film that lets you experience the darkness of war.

What I love most about this film is that it's a personal example of war. It's the characters in the thick of it. It's not about the war itself, it's about the ordeal of a group of individuals. Yes, war is a main focus but it's the attitudes, emotions and horrors that a group of young men go through.

Brilliant acting by the whole cast. Pitt is amazing. He owns and creates a mysterious and dark persona and yet a man with a story and hidden pain and anger. I feel this was a moving experience through all the performances. Shia LaBeouf did an amazing job. Michael Pena as always creates and owns his character. Pena is one of the greatest underrated actors around. Jon Bernthal aces his part and gives the tough and often sadistic approach of a lost soul in situation that has slowly controlled him. The award and accolades must go to Logan Lerman for his emotional and very believable role that he portrayed in a flawless way. He created the character of Norman in a fantastic and heart touching way.  I understood his character. I felt his characters fear. I became a part of the ordeal through his reality of an everyday person being placed into a situation that one would never dream of.

David Ayer is an amazing writer and director. He captured a solid story and equally important direction to bringing to life an important war film on the personal side of those involved. He wrote one of the greatest films of 2001, Training Day. He has away with capturing emotions in his characters. His deep understanding of the personal reality of individual transcends off his stories into films like I have never seen before.

This is a movie of pure realism at its darkest yet it’s the most believable war film ever done on the side of the ones fighting. Surreal and visceral and most of all visually heart breaking and stunning.

The shot of all of them in the apartment sitting eating eggs is so intense and dreadful and just plain spooky to watch. So emotional and a draining experience for the viewer as the situation unfolds. The tight tension and exploding emotional reality runs rampant throughout the film. 

The whole movie lingers inside my mind and emotions. A must see war film of reality and emotional clarity. I highly recommend this film. Solid extraordinary acting. I felt the tight tension and the ultimate will to survive and the fear and horror and most of all the pain and inner suffering of each person as war brings out the demons in everyone.