Fury: Intense, Explosive, Brutal

The moment Fury begins, you are the edge of your seat, like a taut bow string, you are ready to be sent flying through the air into this descent into the darkest spaces of the human psyche. But the craftsmanship behind the film is how it manages to show the beauty of humanity underneath all the violence. It explores the depravity of war and how it can drive a person to the brink, stripping people away of everything that makes them human, but bits and pieces of a person’s soul manages to remain intact, somehow.

That’s the magic of this film, which it does so well and so ably.

Read my full review here: Fury: Intense, Explosive, Brutal.

Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal comprise the excellent cast of Fury

Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal comprise the excellent cast of Fury

Fury is a powerful film. I was holding my breath the entire time since the moment the film starts. Even in its quiet moments, there is a feeling that it will not last, that the brutality of this story, of this situation will intrude at any moment. It is an amazing display of cinematic know-how by writer/director David Ayer. Never at any point do you feel safe as a viewer. You are completely at his mercy.

Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman continue to show how good they are as actors and create wonderfully complex characters that really draw you in and they are supported by an equally amazing cast which includes Shia LeBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal. There are moments when Jon Bernthal almost steals the movie completely away from Pitt and Lerman, which is not an easy task to do.

The tank battles are pretty intense and so well staged but it’s the exploration of each of their characters that really makes this movie exemplary. Despite it’s very, very simple plot, the film’s 2-hour running time is focused on tearing the characters apart. It’s riveting.

Fury is really a brilliant film. War is ugly. This movie does not hold back in showing it to you.

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