Driving home from the theater in awe after watching the new blockbuster, Fury, I thought aloud, “We have nothing to fear in this country.” Back in 1945, however, our soldiers had everything to fear, and everything to lose. Fury brings the realities of life and death, of God and country, of war and humanity vividly to life in an epic motion picture that should garner at least four Academy Awards.
Everything about this film — from its dark, wet, frigid settings to its incredible cinematography, visual effects and poignant acting — were off the charts. Brad Pitt should take home Best Actor in his role as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a combat-hardened US Sherman tank commander in charge of four renegade soldiers, each of whom is brilliantly realistic on the big screen as they invade Germany during World War II.
From the moment the static-filled army radio sounds in the theater, viewers are whisked away in this breathtaking story that brutally and beautifully portrays the sheer unthinkableness of war. “Ideals are peaceful,” Wardaddy says during the film, “but history is violent.” Indeed, the film left me thinking, “I truly don’t know what fear is,” and “What on earth do I have to worry about, compared to the brave men and women of war?”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role could easily go to tank-mate Shia LaBeouf, who plays Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan, or to Logan Lerman, who does an outstanding job as rookie warrior Norman ‘Machine’ Ellison, an Army typist who is thrown into the shocking and brutal role of tank gunner.
The language isn’t pretty in this film, but it wasn’t pretty behind enemy lines in the heart of Nazi Germany either. There are many gruesome scenes, but again, realism trumps everything else in this incredible film. Highly recommended for adults.