Director David Ayer’s “Fury” could have been a great movie. It moves at good pace and keeps the attention of the audience. Performance by WarDaddy (Brad Pitt), well its awesome, but then he is Brad Pitt, and his men gunner Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Hispanic lead driver Gordo (Michael PIna) and the mechanic Coon-Ass (Jon Berenthal), and the newcomer to join the team Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) does not lack oomf. But it is the story and the character development that is coming up short.
Set during the final days of World War II, as the Allied forces were moving through Germany, they were finding pockets where Nazis were putting up their toughest resistance, including putting kids to fight and leaving hanging corpses of those who refused to fight. WarDaddy’s tank Fury along with 3 other tanks on a mission, gets caught up in an ambush that destroys all the other tanks, except Fury. On its way back, Fury happens to come upon a mine and breaks down. Before it can be repaired, the men notice that very soon close to 300 SS troops would come upon them.
One of the men suggests that they leave the tank and flee, saving their lives, but Mr. WarDaddy decides to stay and hold off the advancing Nazi troops for as long as he can, and one by one, the other men decide to stay and fight till the end. Now there are a few problems with where this is going. If it were a true story or was based on some real life events, this would become immediately interesting. On the other hand, if more details were shared about these men that would make us root for them, it would also make it imminently interesting. However, in the absence of both these conditions, one wonders why so much blood, gore and sacrifice of these men makes it a story worth being cast into a movie. We know nothing about them except that they are from the Allied forces. They are almost nearing the end of the war. Yes, these 5 super heroes valiantly hold off 300+ SS troops for a long while, and inflict heavy casualties, vaguely reminiscent of the Spartans. But why? If the war was coming to an end, it was only a matter of short time before every single Nazi soldier (including children and others forcibly recruited) would be surrendering. What happened to the promise WarDaddy made to make sure all of his men would go home?
Somehow I fail to see justification for severed heads, decapitated limbs, hanging corpses and more in a movie drawn out over 2 hours. The subject matter is not new, storyline is trite, and these men’s valiant sacrifice against approaching Nazi troops seems contrived and wasted. It hardly seems like a story that needed to be told. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being excellent, I rate the movie as 3.0.