Details from IMDB:
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, 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.
I’m something of a WWII buff, I’ve never written a paper on it but I’ve read several books, seen lots of documentaries and even done History courses just to learn more about the time in history. So I’m always interested when any movie comes out set during WWII and of course Fury is one of those films. Top that off with I have always enjoyed Brad Pitt (and it got good reviews) meant that we went to see it a couple of weeks ago.
This is set near the end of the European part of WWII, Hitler committed suicide (no I don’t believe he faked his death) on April 30th so this film obviously takes place early to mid-April of ’45. I have to say right off that I was immensely impressed with the attention to detail and accurateness of this film. Big things like an actual German Tiger tank (borrowed from a British museum) all the way down to the uniforms and medals in this movie are authentic and in many cases actually worn/used in the war.
So the movie has some excellent action scenes. Be prepared though, several are quite gory. It shows the effect of war on all sides, the Germans fought tooth and nail at the end, even making children fight. The civilians whose lives were torn apart, houses destroyed or just killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps the most interesting part of the film is it shows the mental effects on the American soldiers. While some cling to religion for comfort, others become hardened and emotionless while others become twisted and almost unable to function with regular people anymore. There is a scene where the "Fury" tank members describe a battlefield experience where they killed thousands of horses to some French women, it is quite disturbing and shows just what the war has done to their mental states. The idea presented is that even good people (one character was just a typist in the Army who is suddenly thrown in a tank) are destroyed inside by war and violence, that you can’t come through such an experience unchanged.
It also makes you wonder can some people actually enjoy war? Are their people so dark already that war only brings out what was already inside them? The movie never answers these questions. Ultimately there is a final showdown and the idea of courage and bravery are also strongly presented. While there is no argument that Hitler was a monster and the concentration camps was perhaps the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, it leaves room for you to think about the regular German soldiers. They followed orders just as the Allied troops did and aside from the SS (who personally did terrible things including running the death camps), fought as any solider does in any war.
Well this turned into a rather lengthy review. Suffice it to say I loved this movie, I give it a strong 8.5 out of 10. I’ll also say that while generally I don’t like Shia LaBeouf, I must say he surprised me here with a good performance. Brad Pitt was also quite good along with the rest of the cast. Please don’t take a child to see this film, I think this should only be seen by ages 17+ for the extreme violence. If you want to learn about history and what war really does to people I do strongly recommend it. Until next time all (not sure what that post will be), talk to you soon.