Stars: Brad Pitt / Shia LaBeouf / Logan Lerman /
Release Date: 2014-10-15
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, QED International, Crave Films,
Director: David Ayer, Zoe Morgan, Tracy L. Moody,
Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
An impressively solid World War II movie of the kind they don't make anymore.
While these orgies of violence are staged with tense, gruesome precision, they don't convey much beyond what we already know. Namely, that war is hell. Message received.
Pitt, who at 50 still looks great with his shirt off, has the gruff charisma to play a dauntless soldier with killer courage and a vestigial streak of humanity.
It's an "unflinching" account of war -- "unflinching," in quotes, because every moment of the film is composed to grind your face into the muck and be proud of itself for doing so.
Pitt is at the top of his game, playing a man who has forgotten whatever he used to be and has wholly embraced his role in this war.