Sound Off: David Ayer's WWII Tank Movie 'Fury' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 17, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? War never ends quietly. Now playing in theaters is David Ayer's Fury, starring Brad Pitt as the commander of a tank during WWII. The tank crew is lead by Pitt with Shia LaBeouf as 'Bible', Logan Lerman, Michael Peña as 'Gordo', and Jon Bernthal as 'Coon-Ass' to round things out. The tank heads into Germany near the end of the war and takes heavy fire from a desperate Germany army. So how is it? Is Fury as kick ass as it looks? Does the action surpass the story? How is Shia LaBeouf compared to Brad Pitt or Logan Lerman? Is this one of the better WWII movies recently or a complete flop? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on David Ayer's Fury.
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To fuel the tank for action, I absolutely love this movie. Fury is awesome. It knows exactly what it's going for - one focused tank movie, set in WWII at the end of the war, with strong emotion and some really incredible action scenes. Honestly, it's one of the better WWII action movies we've seen since the likes of Saving Private Ryan, yea I'll go that far, and what's funny is I feel like they actually make a joke reference to that film in this film. Almost just to be like, fuck that, this is the real gritty, badass, gnarly war action we've been waiting to show ya. It's brutal as fuck, with some gruesome but violence but honestly I still really enjoyed this movie, all of it, I have no complaints. It really satisfied my taste for a great WWII action movie.
I think Ayer has continued to improve as he has made more movies. His casting in particular works really well in Fury. Throw aside your pre- conceived notions of any of these actors, and just enjoy the characters they're playing - gritty, raw, as-real-as-possible soldiers who have been fighting together for years, ready to end this war. But as we know, war is hell, and some of that is served up. Pitt is fantastic as the lead, he really has the charisma to carry this, and mentor Logan Lerman. And I've got to say, I even liked Shia LaBeouf, he's not bad, he's actually quite good as his character 'Bible', who plays his role and both fits in and stands out nicely. Bernthal was nasty but worked well. Overall the balance helped make all of this work.
What did you think of David Ayer's Fury? An awesome tank movie, or terrible cliched waste?
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