Fury - Review

Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt, centered) and his men Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal) in Columbia Pictures' FURY.

Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt, centered) and his men Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal) in Columbia Pictures' FURY.

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Brad Pitt must hold the record for the most Nazis killed since World War II.

Thousands of German soldiers were slain by Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and if the Reich thought they were safe then they were to be sadly disappointed as Pitt mans a tank named ‘Fury’ in David Ayer’s new film of the same name.

Shia Laboef in 'Fury'.

Shia Laboef in 'Fury'.

‘Fury’ sees Pitt take on the role of Staff Sergeant Don ‘WarDaddy’ Collier.

Colliers prides himself on looking after those under his command but as they fight against the might of the German Army both he and his men and tested to the limit.

‘Fury’ is as brutal a war film as it is remarkable. The action sequences are amongst the best World War II battle sequences I have ever seen.

Imagine ‘Saving Private Ryan’ mixed with ‘Memphis Bell’ with a hint of ‘Lebanon: The Soldier’s Journey’ and that’s what ‘Fury’ is.

The film opens with a stunning shot of a German officer strolling through a blood soaked battled field on horseback - it’s breathtakingly awesome.

The 134 minute long movie is of such high levels of intensity that it makes the idea of visiting the dentist sound pleasant.

After losing his gunner in battle, Collier is provided with a replacement - Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman).

Norman has no experience of combat and is a trained typist for the army.

As the war nears an end Collier, Norman and three other soldiers played by Shia LaBoeuf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal must fight their way through a 300 man strong SS battalion.

If I was to have one criticism, it’s that the film feels contrived and the script is painfully cheesy at times but for the vast majority of the movie it’s highly entertaining fodder.

Pitt is, well Pitt, but the standout performers are both Shia LaBoeuf and Jon Bernthal.

Roman Vasyanov’s cinematography is breathtaking and the music from Steven Price is outstanding.

Go see this movie!

‘Fury’ is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl. For full cinema listings visit www.brunswickmoviebowl.com.

VERDICT: 4/5 - David Ayer’s war movie is fascinating look at the relationship between five soldiers inside the body of tank however it never quite manages to deliver the same sense of clostrphobia experienced in ‘Lebanon: The Soldier’s Journey’. However, that’s not to say the film is fantastic. Roman Vasyanov’s cinematography is breathtaking and the music from Steven Price is outstanding. Pitt is, well Pitt, but the standout performers are both Shia LaBoeuf and Jon Bernthal.