Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wardaddy and His Men and That Tank - Fury!

Review by Anne Brodie

Fury – Movie Review by Anne Brodie

Written and directed by David Ayer
Opens: Oct 17
Runtime: 134 minutes
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña

Rating: 3/5
Brad Pitt’s Wardaddy leads a small band of American soldiers, the U.S. 2nd Armored division into Germany in the waning days of World War II. The idea of pitching battle against 300 Nazis enroute to face them seems suicidal but War Daddy reaches deep into his reserves to renew his courage and the will to lead his men. In any other kind of film, he would be played as “inspirational” but in this raw, weary landscape, there is no sentiment. It’s one step forward at a time, through explosive territory where death is a certainty.
His men are what you might expect after months of fighting in a hostile environment that calls on their fortitude and ability to survive each day. They’re a ragtag bunch, mostly uneducated, from lower class households, who might have been looking for adventure or patriotic glory when things started. But at this point they’re running on empty, bravely facing the strong possibility that they will die in battle.
The sensation of a world gone crazy is strong, as they deteriorate, and the people they meet, particularly a couple of German girls who pay the price for being born German at that time. The world seems to be collapsing and that’s one of Fury’s great strengths, the way it puts us in the fog of war.
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