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- Apr 4, 2017
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David Ayer making a war film is a bit of an interesting concept. Ayer is also a mixed back himself, having made/written some great movies, and some really buggers as well (he did write the abysmal Suicide Squad you know). He’s got a raw, gritty nature to his films that do well with dirty cops and blatantly twisted films where good guys and bad guys blur the lines of distinction. I loved Sabotage with Arnold (even though it got hammered by critics), Street Kings was amazing, and End of Watch was a distinctly unique movie all with one commonality. They were dark, gritty cop movies. While war time films are not usually pretty and bloodless, there is a sense of patriotism and order to them that doesn’t seem to jive with the corrupt cop mentality that Ayer is famous for. So color me interested in 2014 when I see a World War II movie coming out directed by Ayer. While I wasn’t expecting a horrible movie from Ayer, I was really surprised at just HOW good the film actually was, and how DARK it was going to be. Fury is what happens when you mix in the brutality and violence of Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge, and mix in some of the anti-war sentiment of All Quiet on the Western Front and rough it up a bit like so many of Ayer’s movies are famous for.
Right after the patriotic film Lone Survivor came out (A movie I loved to death), Fury came out onto the scene, pushing the war narrative in a DIFFERENT direction. The movie revolves around a tank group at the tail end of the European push during World War II, and the mission they undergo behind enemy lines. Instead of creating bonafide heroes, Ayer does what he does best by creating blurred lines where heroes are nothing but men doing what they have to do in the living hell that is war. Men do horrible things in war, and so many war movies portray their battles are glorious and honorable, and while I have nothing against these movies and FULLY support our men in the field, I also know that what you undergo in battle is NOTHING like most movies. You have to make split second decisions that may sear your conscience, or see things that truly shake you to the core of your being. And as time goes on in the trenches of combat, you become desensitized to the horrors of war and just slog through the proverbial mud waiting for the hell to end. THIS is what Ayer does so magnificently here. He uses violence and blood as a paintbrush to portray war for what it is. A job that needs to be done, and cross to bear until you get to go home (where for many, it doesn’t end).
The story is really more of a setup for the horrors of war, but a Sherman tank crew has just lost a critical member in a battle, and their replacement is about as green behind the ears as you could possibly be. A typist by trade, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman, as baby faced as ever) has never had any REAL combat experience and he is being thrown in with a hardened tank crew that has seen more blood than he could possibly imagine. The tank crew, headed by one Don Collier (Brad Pitt), isn’t exactly welcoming to the young recruit, as they fear that him being so green and inexperienced will cost them their lives in combat. Pushing forward against the failing Nazi forces, Norman is integrated into the team, learning things that will shape his life forever, and melting into a bond that is created only through the fire and blood of wartime.
The tank itself almost plays a character in the film, as it is the home base for the men. It is a giant machine of war, and to the men it really is like a mother, a nurturing base that protects them from flying bullets and Nazi soldiers as they push them back. It’s interesting to watch each of the soldiers let down their guard once in the steel beast, and the camaraderie that ensues is instrumental in creating a tight night and cohesive fighting unit. Ayer’s film doesn’t always have a thrilling plot to keep you interested, but instead focuses more on the horrors of war, and how men bond on the battlefield to such and extent. Painting this tail with blood, grime, and suffering, he does so in a way that is both fascinating and horrifying at the same time.
Rated R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout
4K Video: Video:
• "Tanks of Fury" Documentary
• Four Featurettes:
- "No Guts, No Glory: The Horrors of Combat"
- "Tiger 131"
- "Heart of Fury"
- "Clash of Armor"
• Original trailers
• Over 50 Minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes
• Director's Combat Journal
• Three Featurettes:
- "Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans"
- "Taming the Beasts: How to Drive, Fire & Shoot Inside a 30-Ton Tank"
- "Blood Brothers"
• Photo Gallery
Fury was an entertaining movie that really feels like it blended elements of Saving Private Ryan and Kelly’s Heroes and turned it into a disturbing and bleak war experience. I won’t go so far to say that it is a modern classic, but it was a well done movie that came out of nowhere (especially since back in 2014 the Shia LaBeouf hate was at peak maximum, with most people thinking the off kilter actor could deliver anything serious again) and earned its accolades in spades that year. Sony has gone back and given it a FANTASTIC remaster for the 4K UHD disc, as well as a nice boost to the already stellar 5.1 DTS-HD MA track with Atmos. Extras are ported across from the Blu-ray, but this is a technically great disc and makes a good upgrade for fans of the film. Definitely a great watch.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shi LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal
Directed by: David Ayer
Written by: David Ayer
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), French, German, Italian, Ukranian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai DD 5.1
Subtitles:English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian
Runtime: 135 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
Recommendation: Good Watch