Mon 20 Apr 2015, 09:00
Fury tells the story of a tank team tasked with fighting its way behind enemy lines.
World War II is littered with stories of US tank teams and armour divisions fighting their way through the European front after the landings at Normandy.
The problem was that the American Sherman tanks were out-gunned by the bigger and tougher German Tigers, which had thicker armour and fired much bigger armour-piercing ammunition – which meant that stories of Shermans single-handedly taking out even a singe Tiger are few and far between.
As a result, the Allies had to rely on sheer numbers to overcome the German's armoured might, but there were many casualties as a result.
Fury tells the story of one particular tank team, headed up by Sergeant Don Collier (Brad Pitt), tasked with fighting its way behind enemy lines in an attempt to rescue a platoon trapped deep in Nazi-occupied territory.
Hopelessly out-numbered and out-gunned, and having to take on a trainee tank driver with no battle experience, Collier’s men fight battle after battle as they edge closer to Berlin.
Fury is an interesting movie. From the outset, it has a dark and muddy tone which, I would imagine, is what the soldiers fighting in Europe had to go through day in and day out. Most of the movie is grey, wet, muddy and at times quite gruesome – depicting just how senseless and brutal war can be.
Collier’s rag-tag team of tank operators (played by Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena) are battle-hardened, relentless, unforgiving and cynical in huge doses as they go from victory to defeat, back to victory and eventually into the battle of their lives.
I wouldn’t say that there’s much of story to Fury. To me, it seems to be much more of a “life and times” look at the tank team, moving from one mishap to the next until, finally, they become the cat amongst the pigeons - that just happen to carry rifles and Panzerschrecks.
It’s definitely a movie that will keep you engaged. While some of the action is a little far-fetched, there were a few particular tense sequences in this movie that left me breathless.
Fury is a rollercoaster. The best way I can describe it is if Saving Private Ryan, Blackhawk Down and Inglorious Basterds had a baby. It’s wall-to-wall action, slathered with real emotion and dabbed with a brush dipped in irreverence.
If you’re a lover of war movies, like me, it’ll hit the spot.