Not with a Whimper but with a Bang | Review of ‘Fury’

By: Cynthia Ayala

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 her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, 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.

Fury is an amazing movie with an amazing ensemble that really brought to life all the harsh and painful realities of war. Not just what it’s about but rather what it does to an individual.

The movie opens up on a desolate wasteland; the silence within the film highlights all the death, not just by bringing to life the harshness of flies as they hover over death, but also of the death itself. This is a very symbolic view without even trying, and that makes it beautiful in its sadness. Moments like that throughout the film resonate off the screen and highlight the intensity the characters feel in this state of war, moments like that makes the gun fire louder and cause all the bombs and crumbling buildings to be intensified.

As the whole, the construction of the film was brilliant. This is not a film where things are taken likely, everything is harsh, but there is a kindness in the film, a brutal sort of kindness between the characters that builds them up, that makes them a not only a team but a family that is able to fight together and stand together.

Of course, that is, in part, due to the amazing performances of the cast within the film. Brad Pitt especially is amazing. His performance rose to a completely new level in this film. His strength, his willpower and fortitude within the film are so strong that it just lifts him higher and higher as his talent continues to exude from his pores.

However, it wasn’t just Pitt who delivered a powerful performance. Each actor within the film was spectacular and Logan Lerman continues to impress. Lerman is such a young actor who has starred in 3:10 to Yuma and The Number 23, both films that offered him serious roles, but he is more famous for starring as Percy Jackson in the Percy Jackson films, films that are mediocre at best. Gratefully though, he is able to transcend above that and deliver such a heartbreaking and fearful characterization. Lerman is astounding to rise to such a level and submerge himself into the film, and his persona, his talent, just elevates him as an actor.

And yes, Shia LeBouf was just as amazing. LeBouf has hit some rough patches in his career but there is no doubt about it, despite his personal life, he is a very talented actor that it almost makes his unrecognizable.

Those three actors are the ones that stand out the most, but the whole ensemble was remarkable.

Fury is a heartbreaking film that does not shy away from anything. This movie submerges the viewer into the pain, into the sadness and desperation these characters feel when they are faced with death and loss. It’s an incredible emotion brought to life by an incredibly script delivered by an incredible cast. (★★★★ | A +)

Directed by: David Ayer

Written by: David Ayer

Starring: Brad PittShia LaBeouf, Logan LermanMichael PeñaJon BernthalJason IsaacsBrad William HenkeJim Parrack

Genre | Rating | Length: WarHistorical drama | R | 2 hr. 14 min.

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