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By Dustin Heller

Fury is the new World War II tank drama starring Brad Pitt.  The film was written and directed by David Ayer who is best known for writing the Denzel Washington cop drama Training Day and directing the much underrated End of Watch.  Alongside Pitt, the film co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.

Its April 1945 and World War II is coming to an end.  The Allies are moving forward into Nazi Germany where their tanks are vastly inferior to the German tanks.  The U.S. tank “Fury” which is commanded by U.S. Army sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Pitt) and contains a five man crew, is the only surviving tank from its most recent battle.  Upon returning to base, “Fury” receives orders to head right back out again on another deadly mission in an effort to overtake more German towns and bring the war closer to an end.  The crew consists of Boyd (LaBeouf), the religious one; Norman (Lerman), the new guy with zero combat experience, Trini (Peña), the level-headed one; and Grady (Bernthal), the loose-cannon.  In order to survive and keep their sanity, all of the guys must bond together and work as a single unit during these horrific times.  When life is on the line, will the crew be able to count on one another in order to accomplish their mission?

Fury is one of the most intense and violent movies I’ve seen in quite some time.  With that said, the violence is done tastefully even though it might be hard to watch.  The depiction of war and what truly happens in the trenches is portrayed masterfully with grit and amazing camera work.  David Ayer made an impact with this guerrilla-style filmmaking in End of Watch, but takes it to a whole new level in Fury.  The film is beautifully shot and the sets and costumes are spot-on, but it’s the actors that really drive it.  All five of the core actors are outstanding, with Brad Pitt leading the way.  I don’t think Pitt gets enough credit for his acting, but I think he’s one of the best working today and seems to only take on challenging and engaging roles.  The other four leads play their roles to perfection and I can’t envision any other actors in their places.  Jon Bernthal, who most might know as Shane from the television series The Walking Dead, turns in an absolute brilliant performance as the mean and nasty Grady.  As far as war movies are concerned, Fury has ever bit of the realism and devastation as any of the great ones from the past.  This isn’t just a movie for war buffs, I think that general audiences will enjoy it as well if they can handle the gore and realistic depiction of war.  Fury should definitely be in the conversation once awards season rolls around.

Grade A-

Fury opens on Friday, October 17.

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