By Annie Resnikoff
Not only is Fury the title of Writer-Director David Ayer’s newest World War II film, but it is also the name of the tank that star Brad Pitt commands as part of the American team trying to defeat the Nazis in ground battle. The portrayal of men fighting in active-war zones gives the audience a new perspective: one based purely on soldiers and not on the behind-the-scenes men. However, the plot of the film is unoriginal and does not leave a long-term impression. During the last stretch of war in Germany, the tank Fury is under command of Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, played by Pitt. With judgment and experience under his belt, Collier leads his four other tank-mates from town to town, annihilating Nazis and experiencing the pain of destruction along the way.
Throughout the entire movie it was hard to picture Pitt in his role, because of his recognizable face and status. On screen, he was Pitt instead of Collier, which made the film unconvincing.
Descriptive battle scenes show the intimate interactions among men on the war grounds. This close-up perspective gives an interesting view on the horrendous effects of war on soldiers.
Ayer did an adequate job making sure the focus was on the men fighting, and stayed away from the outskirts of war, which allowed the audience to focus more clearly on the relationships of the soldiers.
As their journey as a unit continues, they are warned of coming across German soldiers that are not only strong, but also desperate to kill. This warning soon comes into play as they are continuously faced with many opposing soldiers, forcing them to engage in battle. With the proper command of Collier and the obedience of the other members, the Fury tank holds up well. This also shows just how terrifying war is by tracking the members of Fury from one mission to another.
Although the viewer can tell that the men are fighting with a purpose, the scenes are not memorable, and give off a Hollywood feel, instead of a realistically gruesome one. The entire film feels like a montage of blood, gun-shots, and deceased men, ultimately coming off as over-the-top.
Fury attempts to give insight into the hellish conditions and brutal work that men in the army had to withstand during World War II. However, it is not completely believable.
This film will not go down in history for its memorable storyline or captivating graphics, but for now, Fury showed an interesting view of the daily life of a soldier.