Fury – Review
An unashamedly traditional Hollywood war movie, there’s a sense of immersion and authenticity to Fury that bolsters an otherwise perfectly enjoyable effort from writer/director David Ayer and elevates it into something of a modern genre classic.
An eclectic yet interesting cast that include the likes of Michael Peña, The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman and, yes, Shia LaBeouf fill the ranks as the ragtag tank crew led by a grizzled Brad Pitt into the heart of Nazi Germany. Pitt is on top form, his performance reminiscent of the best of Harrison Ford with hints of Brando thrown in for good measure; a prestige performance for what has clearly been designed as a prestige picture by Ayer.
Certain story beats may be borrowed rather liberally from more timeless war tales, and the pecking order of all involved is almost farcically predictable; but Fury has enough white knuckle investment behind it to thoroughly win an audience over. The chemistry between Pitt and Lerman is scintillating, aided to no end by a script with immense depth yet more than enough subtext; and Ayer’s edge-of-your-seat filmmaking enjoys a much-needed shot in the arm following the disappointing likes of last year’s Arnie-vehicle, Sabotage. If there’s a fault, it’s that it’s at least half an hour too long (without doubt, a fixture of the “prestige picture” label) and whilst IMAX is the only way to enjoy the auditory experience on offer, visually there’s very little need.
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Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf