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October 17, 2014

Brad Pitt in Fury Movie Review


Synopsis:  April, 1945.  As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank, Fury, and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Okay, I admit it.  I went to see Fury for Brad Pitt.  I'm pretty sure my friend accompanied me for the same reason.  It took me about five minutes to realize I wouldn't be watching Brad Pitt, the handsome action star.  Nope, this was a war movie and a depressing realistic one at that.  

Fury is intense.  There are minimal laughs and so much killing that the few tender moments in the film become 100 times more amplified and poignant.

I immediately sympathized with the young soldier, played by Logan Lerman, who with no combat experience becomes the tank's newest gunner.  When he hesitates to shoot at an enemy target, the consequences are deadly and real.  The war has not had time to muddy his morals and he refuses to do "his job" and kill the enemy.  His stance puts his crew at risk and Pitt's character does what's necessary as the audience uncomfortably watches him teach the rookie a hard lesson. 

Fury is a grim movie depicting the horrors of war and the psychological struggle it places on its soldiers.  But we also see the other effects of war, the crew's camaraderie, loyalty and bravery.  Although the movie gives the hard, cold truths of war, the blow is softened by the casts' solid and stellar performances.

Rated R with a running time of 2hrs and 14 minutes.  Opens today.  

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