Most of the critique of this film was aimed at taking it down as being phony. Being not a true depiction of what went on during this period of World War II and especially what Sherman tank teams’ reality was. Well, I am no war expert, so I was not “offended” by any inconsistencies. Any movie, whether it be a romantic comedy, horror film or World War II film demands suspension of belief by the viewer. Fury, directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Sabotage), doesn’t claim to be educational or even historical, so we should see it for what it is – entertainment.
Heading towards the end of World War II with the Allied forces in Germany wiping out the last bits of resistance a tank commander dubbed Wardaddy (Brad Pitt – Twelve Monkeys, Moneyball) is in charge of a young team who look to him for leadership and courage beyond reproach. The Sherman tank is embarking on a dangerous mission behind the German lines.
Wardaddy has the added pressure of at this time taking on a rookie soldier Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) as his new gunner. The grizzled sergeant sees Ellison as being soft, so tries at every opportunity to toughen him up.
Once underway, the team – made up of Wardaddy, Ellison, Bible (Shia LaBeouf – American Honey, Borg McEnroe), Gordo (Michael Pena – Ant-Man and the Wasp, A Wrinkle in Time), and Coon-Ass (Jon Bernthal – The Wolf of Wall Street, Baby Driver) – finds themselves trapped alone and outnumbered against a German. As Wardaddy does not know the meaning of the word surrender he decides to fight on even though death is an almost certainty. Because the men underneath him love their tank commander all stand and fight behind him.
Hard to say a film of this ilk was enjoyable. Often it is a hard watch because of the death, gore and destruction. To say nothing about how damaged and as a result, how unlikable a couple of the characters are. That being said the cast in this film is quite strong. Even Shia LaBeouf, who has had a rather up and down career, as the religious one of the crazy bunch. The brotherhood a team like this would have needed is realistically conveyed. You believe that they would die for one another. And do whatever Wardaddy asked them to do.
What Ayer, who also wrote the screenplay, did really well was show how horrific it is what we ask soldiers to do. If even ten percent of this film is accurate it is a wonder to me that any soldier comes back with even the smallest grasp on their sanity. Really hammers home that even the best of people would under these circumstances become what others might view as monsters. Underrated film that should be seen by more people.
-Deleted & Extended Scenes
-Director’s Combat Journal
-Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans
-Taming the Beasts: How to Drive, Fire & Shoot Inside a 30 Ton Tank
-Previews of The Equalizer, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Powers, Predestination