Earlier this year, David Ayer released Sabotage. To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't see it. However, it was poorly received so, perhaps, didn't exactly show Ayer's true colours as a filmmaker. Well, that's not the case with his latest: a compelling, striking, World War 2 set drama - Fury.
You'll probably realise that I haven't posted about it in the past. Basically, the reason being is it never caught my attention and, to me, was never worth writing about - I'm not too fond of these types of War films - but, still, I somehow managed to end up in a seat at the cinema, watching the film, and I'm glad I did. I loved it!
The story follows Brad Pitt's American sergent Don Collier - a bloody, brutal, battle-hardened solider - as he commands a Sherman tank - appropriately given the name Fury - and its crew - made up of Shia LaBeouf's Boyd Swan, Michael Peña's Trini Garcia, Jon Bernthal's Grady Travis and newcomer Logan Lerman, as Norman Ellison.
It's 1945 and the group work their way through Germany, claiming every street they cross, killing every German soldier they see - Pitt's brilliant line of "I don't care if it's a baby with chocolate in one hand and its mother's tit in the other. You kill it" coming into play here. However, they soon find themselves in a sticky situation when all their fellow tanks are down and it's just these five guys and the mighty Fury, out-gunned and out-numbered against a vast ensemble of bloodthirsty Nazi troops, the SS Battalion.
Ayer places us straight in the action, the heart of the war - making for a thrilling, brutal piece of cinema. He doesn't hold back on the action, when it hits it hits hard. It looks good too! Placing us in 1945 also means that the war is almost coming to a close, meaning all our protagonists are worn down and are just sick of the war. It also means that any deaths are more poignant, knowing the men are so close to the end - after having endured such a fight.
You can never let your guard down for one second because, just as you do, Ayer throws something at you, to keep the story, the action and the thrilling atmosphere going. "War never ends quietly," and neither does Fury. It keeps the tank rolling until the very last secon. The whole film maintains this fast-paced and tense theme, other than when the film comes to a halt for a half hour in one room. However, I feel as though that scene was necessary - just to ease things for a while and to build character too.
As far as acting goes, everyone is brilliant. There is veritable chemistry between the crew and, whilst we don't know much about them, we're still able to attach and feel for them. Pitt is stunning as our main man. I haven't seen many of his films, though, so can't compare it to them but he's badass and really sells this hard-shelled, but soft-cored, character. Peña and LaBeouf are great too.
In fact, I actually have an apology to issue. After Shia's recent I'm not famous anymore 'stunt' and just from what I've heard about him recently, I was hating on him and was dumping on him, right before seeing him. However, he was great and actually one of my favourite characters - this nice, religious, friendly guy.
Bernthal was ok. I just felt as though his role was a watered-down version of his character Shane, from The Walking Dead. Logan Lerman, though, stole the show! He plays a newcomer to the group, the outsider: naïve, lost and scared. He stuns! This really challenges his talents and shows his true potential as an actor, something his role as Percy Jackson couldn't do.
Fury is bloody, brutal and beautiful. It's like WW2 itself: relentlessly violent, brooding and silently moving. It's not only one of David Ayer's best films, but also one of the best War films in some time too.
About the Author
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.