Fury (2014)

Movie Review

November 18, 2014


Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal

I recently saw Fury and was very pleased with it. Directed by David Ayer, the movie takes place during World War II, one of the most tragic periods of human history. In April of 1945, the Allies are making their final push into Germany. Commanded by sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), a tank named Fury receives a deadly mission: to go behind the enemy lines. The beginning of the movie shows inexperienced soldier, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), joining the tank’s crew.

One of the best things about this movie is that it portrays, throughout bloody warfare, the development of Norman as a soldier. A timid, rookie soldier, Norman isn’t able to kill a single enemy, and was the cause of his previous tank’s destruction. As head of the tank, Don Collier steps up and teaches Norman to be courageous and brave. While the crew spends time together surviving, Norman gradually changes, becoming one of the “family members”.

Isolated throughout numerous battles, the crew reaches a dead end, where they must determine the final victory of their fight. The tank is outnumbered and out-gunned by Nazi soldiers, and the men of Fury have no choice but to meet them face to face. Brave Don Collier, uncertain of the crews’ survival, tells them to “Never Surrender”  — and Norman seems to respect his words.

Finally, I love how this movie allows audiences to think and talk about the ending. It highlights the heroic attempts of these men to fight the Nazis, although their tank is obviously overwhelmed. This is undoubtedly a good watch for those who are looking for a war film, as it constantly grabs the viewer’s attention. Overall, Fury is a great movie with a satisfying mix of surviving and bonding among crew members.

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