Last night I went to AMC and watched FURY. All my friends who had seen it said it was amazing, and then reading what Shia LeBeouf and Logan Lerman said about working on the film (That Brad Pitt would encourage that the main cast fight each other, and that Shia really cut his face and pulled out a tooth for the role).
This is movie is very intense, but to be honest it’s nothing that we haven’t already seen in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and BAND OF BROTHERS/THE PACIFIC. Not that its a bad thing, WW2 was a brutal war and I love a film where we kill Nazis. But its a typical WW2 fictional film.
I know that Brad Pitt’s name is the first one you see, but he is not the main character in this film. Logan Lerman is our real main character if you really look at the film. Half way threw my buddy leaned over to me and asked, “If it still his first day?” Yes, the whole film is Lerman’s first day as a tank gunner. You see how his character starts off as a scared kid who was suppose to be a typist, who by the end is yelling and killing Nazis.
Brad Pitt is out antihero of the film, he’s the leader of the tank group and you see him laughing with his group and giving food to German people and treat them nice. But there is this really uneasy scene where after a tank battle a Nazi soldier is captured and begs for his life saying he has a family. Brad Pitt then grabs Lerman and hands him his revolver and tells him to shoot the guy in the back. Lerman says no he won’t do it and Pitt then tackles Lerman, fighting him, and forces his hand on the trigger and has him shoot the Nazi in the back. Lerman is shocked and starts to freak out. Although we see scenes after the first battle and after the shooting that his character is not OK. I think he pushes Lerman because he knows that the SS won’t be easy on them so he has to harden his men and show them that war is dirty and sometimes you have to things that seem inhuman.
As any film we get our comic relief in the Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena characters. They are just their to make us laugh, but when that final battle came you see them change and when they die you feel sad and shocked because you love those characters.
Shia was fantastic as the religious man of the group, he can go out and kill Nazis and fight hard, but then after a battle he’ll go on the field and pray with both German and US soldiers. Compare this to his other roles, there was not any point in this film that I felt like he was asking. His acting felt genuine.
That final battle sort of reminded me of the ending of THE WILD BUNCH and the whole film its self feels like a Sam Peckinpah movie. This is the same director that gave is SABOTAGE, ehhhh. But he also gave us END OF WATCH and his set to direct the new DC villain movie SUICIDE SQUAD.
So if you like a good fictional WW2 movie, and a lot of Nazi killing, FURY is the film for you!