By Colin M. Colbeck, Guest Writer
There are some films out there that try to show you the bright side of war, the glory and prestige of battle; however, David Ayer’s newest triumph “Fury,” is not one of those films. Taking place in Germany, in the spring of 1945, the film shows you the dark, gritty side of war that changes men, and tells you the cold hard truth of World War II.
The film centers around Sgt. Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, played by Brad Pitt, and his five-man squad manning the tank named “Fury” towards the end of the war. After losing the tank’s assistant driver, young Norman, played by Logan Lerman, is assigned the spot. With its team in tow, the Sherman tank treks across the front, taking on an overwhelming number of enemies. Ayer takes you on a journey with these men through the battlefields of war-torn Germany and paints a portrait of violence and brutality with the blood of fallen soldiers on the tip of his brush.
The acting of Pitt, Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal manages to draw you into the story and illustrates the terrors of war through the eyes of the soldiers fighting it. Pitt astounds you with his role as Wardaddy who plays the father-like figure. As the leader of the squad, he takes the lives of those under his command into his hands and does whatever he must to make sure that they make it back home. Peña and Bernthal play the roles of Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis, the tough as nails operators who have seen and done it all with the blood on their hands to prove it. LaBeouf plays a fantastic Boyde ‘Bible’ Swan, the tank’s cannon operator grasping tightly to his faith despite all he has seen and been through. Before these men can make it home, they must take the rookie Norman, played out in a landmark performance by Lerman, and teach him to block out his conscience and do whatever he must to get the job done.
The cinematography of the film is like watching a real battle destroy everything around you. The bullets whizzing past your head and explosions engulfing the air around you. The film is shot in a fashion like no other. From the camera angles of the scenes inside the belly of the tank, to the shots taken down in the mud, you are given the perspective of the soldiers fighting and left with knots in your stomach and sinking in your chest.
“Fury” is an all around excellent film with all the makings of a classic. It leaves you with knots in your stomach, and a heavy heart at the edge of your seat. It is war shown that few films have ever been able to illustrate before. It takes you to one of the darkest places in history and shows you a story that in the end will leave you both entertained and physically, as well as emotionally exhausted.