Movie Review: ‘Fury’

October 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

fury_posterFury is an emotional, gripping experience. This isn’t simply a tank movie, it’s a visceral tale of heroism, brutality and survival. Fury touches on aspects that few war films have been able to achieve. By following the crew of a Sherman tank, viewers are thrown into a very personal story of five soldiers at the end of a long, trying war. Four of those soldiers are hardened veterans. They’ve seen the horrors of the war and have made it past death’s clutches. They know the depths with which people will steep to, what humankind is capable of, and how fickle fate can be with people’s lives. Set in April of 1945, they’re roughly a month away from the war’s end, but as the poster says, “war never ends quietly.”

As a long time fan of war movies, Fury sets out to tell a story we’ve never quite seen before. We’ve seen commando movies, rescue missions, even bank robberies involving tanks. We’ve seen paratroopers, snipers, infantrymen and generals. With Fury, we finally get to see what it must have been like for the tankers. The only movie that I can think of that comes close to portraying a tank crew is Kelly’s Heroes. But that was a different kind of film altogether. While both show tank combat and glimpses of the action from inside the tanks, Fury delves more toward realism. The vibe of the movie is much more akin to Saving Private Ryan. However the scope of the movie is much more tightly focused. Fury seems to take place in the span of a few weeks of action. Yet that short time frame is packed with intense battles, explorations of the characters, and raw emotion.

The cast delivers an outstanding performance. Each character has their own, unique personality that plays into the film. It’s easy to believe that these guys are a team that have seen and fought through hell. Completing that story are superb visuals highlighting the views of the war. The camera work does a great job of showing the action, the character reactions, and the environment. When battle erupts and red and green tracer fire lights up the battlefield, it almost feels like a scene from Star Wars. Yet the film achieves more by doing less. There’s a lot to be said about the moderation of the movie. There are only four battles in the movie, and only one of them is a tank-on-tank battle. But by not going overboard, they heighten the intensity of those battles. The importance is ramped up to greater levels. It works really well.

In the end, the director David Ayer pulls off all the right tricks to make this story come together, to ensnare the audience, and to do something that hasn’t been done before. It’s a reminder of our past, what our grandfathers and great grandfathers went through. It’s a very emotional experience that will leave you spellbound at the end. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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