Rated: R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: October 17, 2014 Released by: Columbia Pictures
A new World War II (set in April 1945 Germany, a few months before the country's official surrender) sweeping tale of brutal warfare at least from its state-of-the-art production can elicit more of an anti-war sentiment from even the most conservative of onlookers. Some may wish it could be open-captioned from some of the strong southern accents of certain boilerplate characters that will be unintelligible.
David Ayer (End of Watch and scripter of Training Day) directs and writes Fury (not in 3D, luckily) with less contemplation and more chilling visceral realism (some won't like the extensive damage to arteries and limbs) that will sate those who most populate the Cineplex with a muscular Brad Pitt lending gusto and tough love to his Sgt. Don 'Wardaddy' Collier heading a small group of
His titular one (a real one from the front lines exhumed from a museum) gets down and dirty in mayhem when it comes engaging Nazis infantry and their elite SS, but its efficiency doesn't lend itself to grander more poignant cinematic examples like the recent Lebanon, Inglourious Basterds (starring Pitt, of course, in some shrewd studio advertising) or Saving Private Ryan. Apparently Wardaddy's mission is to get to Berlin wiping out anything in their way and beating their Soviet 'Allies' in the process. The Russian front wasn't a place that many of their citizens wanted to be ordered to occupy given the high fatality rate.
Arguably the most interesting character is Norman Ellison (an untrained draftee kind of like Tom Cruise's character in the entertaining Edge of Tomorrow) played by Logan Lerman (Perks of Being a Wallflower and, of late, Noah) who gets a good dose of austerity from Wardaddy, and some harassment from 'Gordo' Garcia (Michael Pena) and 'Coon-Ass' Travis (Jon Bernthal of "Grudge Match" and The Wolf of Wall Street).
A religious element in Fury is prevalent through references to Biblical scripture as the less part of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, an underused somewhat hirsute Shia LaBoeuf, demonstrates. Even if this unit wouldn't come across as being devout individuals. The cruelty and barbarism of this 'antiquated' warfare takes a break in the abode of two German distaff cousins, Irma (Anamaria Marinca) and younger, quite comely Emma (Alicia von Rittberg) where Norman and the latter share a duet that leads to intimacy in a moment in a film that doesn't quite reach its ambitions.