8.5 / 10
Fury is the newest movie by director, writer, and producer David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day). While the film’s trailer seems to depict a hero scenario of a group of regular soldiers overcoming the greatest evil of their life, movie-goers shouldn’t expect that. This movie is one of, if not, the most intense movie I have ever seen. Anyone looking for a light-hearted, happy-ending movie, should look elsewhere. This is a movie that creates feelings of empathy, discomfort, and suspense.
Fury follows 5 characters: Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBoeuf), Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), and P.O.V. character Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman). All of the characters are positioned in a sherman tank nicknamed “Fury” towards the very end of World War II. Germany has declared total war and every man, woman, and child is sent to war. The story allows viewers to get to know these characters and shows their most human aspects, while most war movies tend to ignore them. These characters struggle to deal with their actions — some longer than others — giving them more realistic experiences. Fury‘s plot attempts to depict how dark and sadistic war can be, and some parts do an extremely good job with these themes. However others parts lack the ability to keep its story straight. Characters who were battling emotions in one scene then act like nothing ever happened in the next.
While the plot might try to play itself as a “boy becomes man” story, it feels more like a story about how war turns us into psychopaths in the end. Some parts of Fury display protagonist Norman as more dark and sadistic than any of the others. At one point “Bible” even says that “it’s righteous to kill”. Moments like this prod at the viewer’s sense of morality, evoking questions of right and wrong.
This movie is certainly worth watching for those who want to take an emotional journey, which forces them to ask new questions about morality and war. I had loved Ayer’s End of Watch for its dark plot, but Fury takes it up a notch.