There’s been a lot of talk of David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad. It’s currently very talked-about in correlation to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. While this is the reason why Ayer’s name is circulating social media right now, we should be talking about another Ayer film. Which is 2014’s Fury. There are plenty of war movies out there, but I have a feeling that Fury gets overlooked.
Spoilers If You’ve Never Seen ‘Fury’
Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal, Fury takes place during WWII’s final weeks. The aforementioned actors play a tank crew who are more than your merry band of misfits. Jaded and roughened by being in the war, the crew takes on Lerman, who is wildly unprepared to see first-hand the horrors that this war entailed. Not only was this the movie that made me appreciate LaBeouf as an actor, it’s one of my favorite Bernthal roles. Plus, Pitt plays a character named War Daddy. Can’t get any better than that.
Fury shows a very gritty side to tank crews while being very…real? Movies make us have this image of soldiers in our head, but in the end, they’re just regular guys. Every member of Fury comes from different walks of life and they’re just guys who happen to be in the middle of a war. Fury explores downtime and the concept that this is a job for them; in fact, the best job they ever had.
What Makes This Movie So Great
There are some very poignant moments. Some really jarring moments. Such as when one other tank was engulfed in fire and a soldier crawled out, burning alive. In haste, the soldier literally shot himself in the head, just to escape the pain. That scene is so stimulating to the senses and then, the crew is moving on to the next thing. Because they see this all the time – this is life and reality for them. Of course, probably one of the most uncomfortable scenes to sit through was when the crew camps out in a woman’s house and Bernthal and Pena drunkenly berate the woman and Lerman’s character. It’s so heightened that I relate it to any Steve McQueen films. It’s just a moment you’re forced to watch and it’s incredible how well-done it is. Because, it’s supposed to cause a visceral reaction and it succeeds in doing so.
Poor Lerman is just thrown into this violent life. You have to imagine that was how it was for so many soldiers in WWII and even today. In the end, the team came together. They weren’t perfect people, but they all had an innate desire to do their jobs, because they did know what it meant.
Fury is just a really great movie and I suggest anyone watch it who hasn’t yet. It’s such a gem that gets overlooked and honestly, it might be Ayer’s best movie. While I enjoyed Suicide Squad, Ayer gets a lot of flack for that film and others. But, never forget he gave us Fury, one of the best war movies you can find.
What did you think of Fury?
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