Fury / by Krista Boivie

Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Running Time: 2 Hours 15 minutes

Rating: R

Fury is a movie that is historically HARD. This movie opens with a bang and continues to just push through until the very last 3 minutes. It absolutely captures the horror of war and the sheer amount of what the allies and the German S.S. were willing to go through in order to win. 

It’s not just the body count or the sheer amount of gruelling battle that appears on the screen. These characters, War Daddy (Brad Pitt), Gordo (Michael Pena), Bible (Shai LeBeouf), Coon Ass (Jon Bernthal) are hard, damaged people, with Brad Pitt as the one who is possibly the coldest and hardest of them all. But despite this they have camaraderie, beyond that of brotherhood that allows you to see them, feel for them and root for them as they go. They are a family, Brad Pitt is their father and they are his sons. You buy into that these guys have been together a long time and that they would not abandon one to save themselves. When Norman (Logan Lerman) shows up to replace a member of the crew that was killed, he is the outsider among the crew, but as War Daddy mentors him and takes him under his wing he does gain, at least by the end the modicum of respect.

While some parts of the film are fairly standard, the romance through the war, the need to see the enemy only as the enemy, the fight to the last man, etc, it does a fairly good job separating itself from the pack in terms of war films, not just this year (Monuments MenThe Imitation GameLone SurvivorLegend of Hercules300 Rise of an EmpireEdge of Tomorrow) but Saving Private Ryan as well. Most movies about war, particularly World War II are highly romantic, with the Calvary riding in to save the day. This film is one of the few movies about Tanks battling it out, and it’s done really, really well. The dog fighting between the German tigers verses the American Shermans is amazing to watch.

While it ends with the youngest and essentially most innocent of them remaining alive, the journey to get there is well worth the price of the ticket. A