fury posterSome may think Brad Pitt playing a sergeant during World War II sounds familiar. Like Inglourious Basterds familiar. But be assured, there is nothing in common other than the war in which that movie and FURY are set. Pitt continues to show tremendous facility playing the hero and bending his persona to fit a role. I think they call that acting. FURY is the story of one tank during the final days of WWII. Pitt is the tank commander, supervising a crew of five. They include his bible quoting gunner Shia LeBeouf; his foulmouthed bayou mechanic Jon Bernthal; his take no shit driver Michael Pena and the new guy, assistant driver Logan Lerman. FURY pulls no punches when it comes to brutality. Heads explode, limbs are severed, bodies are squished by tanks. It’s vividly unsettling. But this is not just about brutality. It’s about survival. Surviving the next battle, surviving the war and surviving yourself. These five men band together to become a single unit, an efficient killing machine. It’s an impressive thing to witness. FURY is not without its tender moments. A very long act played out in an apartment with Pitt, Lerman and two German women. Initially the frauleins are afraid, but they recognize the soldiers’ sensitivity and humanity. But all that is blown to shit when the rest of the tank crew arrives in their own brutal fashion. Even that moment of calm is eventually destroyed by an artillery shell. That’s when the petrified Lerman realizes what war is about and what he is capable of. This is not a perfect movie. Some scenes drag a bit and there is one brutal jump edit in the apartment scene. Those faults are minor. During the penultimate scene, the crew exchange the opinion that this is “the best job I ever had.” It’s hard to argue that or find fault with their heroism, especially during the climatic battle. FURY plays off war movie cliches, but in the best way possible. This is a movie not to be missed. — Alan Yudman


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