Fury

Rated R

Right in time for Halloween, writer-director David Ayer has come up with a genuine horror show in Fury, his take on a WWII tank crew trying to survive in the last days of the war. This film goes full bore in showing the horrors of war, with it’s very first scene depicting a brutal act of violence that shows Ayer is not playing games. His intentions are to show the effects of war on a group of men who are clinging to the last threads of sanity after years of claustrophobic, blood soaked terror inside a tank. Brad Pitt, in a powerful performance, leads the crew as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a grizzled, scarred up individual resorting to arguably insane behavior as he treks across Nazi Germany. When he’s saddled with new recruit Norman (Logan Lerman) his behavior becomes a strange mix of patriarchal and completely unhinged. Much of the film takes place inside a tank, with a few breaks, most notably a scene where Wardaddy introduces Logan to a nice German girl while he has some eggs. The carnage in the battle scenes is unrelenting. A sequence where a group of U.S. tanks go up against one, superior German tank is as harrowing as moviemaking gets. The final scenes involving the crew taking a last stand, outnumbered by Nazi soldiers, are the stuff of nightmares. There are strong supporting performances from Shia LaBeouf and Michael Pena. Stay away from this film if you can’t handle on screen gore. As stated above, this one is quite vicious right out of the gate and straight through its entire 2 hr.-plus running time. As action films go, it’s a real winner. As war films go, it’s one to be remembered. As horror films go, I doubt you’ll see anything scarier this month.

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