“War never ends quietly” is the tagline of this film. Which seems very appropriate because the chosen vehicle for the loud noise of this film is a tank. In 1998 Steven Spielberg transformed the genre with “Saving Private Ryan”. A gritty film universally praised for its accurate and real portrayal of battle in WWII. This would open the flood gates of WWII material in entertainment as a whole. It starts out initially being close in tone to “Saving Private Ryan” but after 15 plus years you see the genre take a shift. No longer was the focus on grounded realism, but instead on idealistic satire. Quinton Tarantino 2013’s Inglorious bastards being a prime example (Still a great film!). FURY is an emphatic return to the tone of “Saving Private Ryan”. It just may be the most realistic portrayal of WWII I have ever seen. It’s brutal, shocking and mostly uncompromising in the message it tries to communicate.
Fury takes place in the waning days of World War 2 during the invasion of Nazi Germany. You follow Don ‘WarDaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt) as he commands a five man Sherman Tank affectionately named Fury. His veteran crew consist of Main Gunner Boyd ‘Bible’ (Shia LaBeouf), Loader/Mechanic Grady ‘Coon-Ass'(Jon bernthal) , Driver Trini ‘Gordo’ (Michael Pena). The crew recently loses its 5th man and is replaced with recently enlisted Norman. Norman has never seen the inside of a tank or been exposed to any battle. Needless to say, the war isn’t waiting on anybody. Norman is set to have one hell of a first day as the Fury immediately embarks on another mission in support of the allies push into Germany.