Fury (2014)

By on February 17, 2015
Fury (2014)

Run time: 134 min
Rating: 7.7
Genres: Action | Drama | War
Director: David Ayer
Writers: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Trivia: 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. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldi
Storyline
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, and out-gunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Plot Keywords: battle, tank, brutality, battlefield, combat
Details:
Country: USA, China, UK
Release Date: 17 October 2014 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $68,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $23,702,421 (USA) (17 October 2014)
Gross: $85,707,116 (USA) (9 January 2015)

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4 Comments

  1. cherrybomb

    February 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I had high hopes that Fury might end the dry spell of good WWII movies. I could have forgiven the checklist of war movie clichés Fury manages to work in had it not been for a laughable final battle more akin to something from The Expendables than a serious war movie. The final battle consists of scenes where a battalion of seasoned SS soldiers run back and forth through our heroes' machine gun fire, only stopping when it is time for a forced emotional exchange inside the tank. While the director chose to have every other enemy brandish an anti-tank weapon in the ominous lead-in to the final battle, for some reason only three of them are fired, two which miss at unrealistically close range. The ridiculousness of it all turned me into that obnoxious movie goer that laughs out loud during what should be a serious and emotional scene.

    On the positive side it does manage the singular achievement of most war movie clichés fit into two hours:

    Kill a German officer on horseback – check

    Christian singing hymns – check

    Mexican crew member made fun of for speaking Spanish – check

    Hardened leader with a unknown pre-war history who has a private emotional breakdown – check

    Young replacement who struggles to fit in with seasoned veterans but wins them over in the end – check

    Soldier falls in love with local girl only to watch her die – check

    A final mission with impossible odds – check

    Moment of doubt when facing certain death but where everyone decides to stick together in the face of certain death – check

    Retarded enemy is almost defeated only to remember how to do war, and only after our team has completed their emotional bonding and character development – check

    One member escapes death against all odds-check

    Enemy soldier shows mercy by not revealing hiding soldier – check

    ….and many many many more.

  2. realgihero

    February 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    OK, lets face it. We are over movies where one American kills 20 Germans who seemingly can't hit the wall of a Barn. They were big in the 1950's, and 1970s, but not any longer.

    Fury is a gritty film, with great productions values, really period vehicles, settings and costume. The acting is good, but it is let down by tow things.

    Clichéd characters. There is the tough commander, the new kid, the slightly crazy guy. There are a lot of clichéd characters here.

    Unrealistic battle scenes. Seriously I just switched off in the last scene. 20 or 30 SS guys with Panzerfasut would have destroyed an immobilied Sherman tank in 5 or 6 minutes. BUT 200 CRACK SS soldiers can't destroy a tank with its tracks off, sitting in the middle of a road????? The tank only has machine guns facing forward, so most of its sides are unprotected. Germans are carrying bazookas, but instead choose to shoot the tank with machine guns, which would not do anything? Seriously, one of the silliest, most unrealistic scenes in any war movie. Really spoilt what could have been a good movie.

  3. vivolatino

    February 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    If you want to know about the war, then watch the amazing 'World At War' documentary series.

    If the point of this film was, as so many other reviews have said, to demonstrate the carnage, pain and suffering or war, then why is there no real context to any of the action.

    Why is Brad Pitt's body in one piece when the Germans explode 2 grenades at his feet, inside his tank.

    Why does a crack SS battalion continually commit suicide by walking in front of the machine guns of the crippled tank (instead of walking round the back)

    Why did the Yanks leave the spare machine gun ammunition on the outside of the tank when preparing the ambush? I know, it was so Brad could look heroic and get shot trying to retrieve it.

    The SS troops fired 2 or 3 RPG type rockets at the tank, caused damage and killed one of the men, then stopped firing them.

    The premise of keeping the crossroads was ridiculous. Anyone could just have walked through the adjacent fields if they wanted to get past.

    This film has pretensions of being a serious movie and the cinematography/soundtrack etc. are very well done, but the whole thing just lacks any reality or validity.

  4. darthunderoos

    February 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    SPOILERS!!!

    I've seen the movie and I would rather have them describe it as a WW2 action movie instead of "authentic". Just because you show gore doesn't mean it's realistic. The last combat scene is a disgrace. I wanted to leave the theater.

    The Allied campaign in the West was NOT A WALK IN THE PARK. The allied casualties were staggering. Even when the Germans lost millions of troops in the East, battling at 3 fronts (Russia, Italy and the West) and the Luftwaffe was all but destroyed. After June 1944 the Anglo-American loses were as high as 2.000 troops per division per month.

    Educate yourself, don't believe Hollywood. Read books! Anthony Beevor has great books (Stalingrad, The Fall of Berlin, Normandy,…)

    SPOILERS!

    1) The scene with the German anti tank guns hidden in the woods. Very slow moving Shermans while the Germans had plenty of time to aim. They missed all shots. Of course the Allies quickly destroyed them.

    2) Brad Rambo commits a war crime by shooting an unarmed German prisoner. Although this happened on both sides, it was still a war crime. Funny thing is that they called the German a murderer because he wore an American jacket. Yet a few minutes later we see dickhead Shane from the Walking Dead wearing a German helmet and jacket… Double standards.

    3) The scene in town. Fury comes driving slowly from behind a corner with a German anti tank gun aiming at them from within a store from 50 yards away. Yet they miss AGAIN.

    4) Don't get me started at the scene with the 2 women.

    5) The Tiger battle: somewhat realistic that the Tiger knocks out 3 of the Shermans. Yet Fury gets hit twice (2 times) and survives. A good Tiger crew would just turn their tank on the spot to hide the thinner back side. Also, why do the other Sherman tanks blow up while getting hit from the front, while Fury survives 2 shots from close by? Also the Tiger is close enough the get destroyed by the standard Sherman gun.

    6) last scene. A battle hardened Waffen SS battalion with every other soldier wearing a panzerfaust (bazooka). Fury stands disabled on the road. The Germans run like dumb chickens in front of Fury's machine guns over and over again. Even when the Germans start using the Panzerfausts, they seem to miss from a few yards away. They only use 3 panzerfausts… Yet they continue to shoot Fury with their machine guns… The Fury crew shoots around and throws grenades blindly, killing Germans with every shot/grenade. In reality the Germans would go to cover after the first fatality's, regroup, get anti tank equipment and take out Fury within minutes after the start of the fight. Fury doesn't have machine guns at the back or sides… Brad Rambo gets out starts manning the 50 cal but still NOT A SINGLE German hits him, until the worst sniper in German history hits Brad Rambo 3 times from 100 yards and he still survives. Also his corps seems untouched even with 2 German hand grenades exploding within a yard from him.

    7) The last survivor of Fury hides under the tank. A young Waffen SS soldier sees him, but decides to let him be. Of course… every Waffen SS soldier would do that after they killed more than 100 of his comrades…

    8) The last scene where the camera zooms out showing Fury with a mass of dead Germans around it is just plain dumb. 

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