David Ayer’s ‘Fury’ is a tense, thrilling ride that takes its time in settling you into the understandably rough environment of 1945 Nazi Germany. Moving the film along is a cast of actors/characters that are brilliantly used and are easily pulling at your heart strings by the films end.
Fury is a character film, the five crewmembers of the lonely little tank named Fury are what make this film standout and each come with their own quirks and baggage to actually make them feel like believable people. Ayer whose past films such as ‘End of Watch’ and ‘Training Day’ are testaments to his great ability to have character driven films where you actually care and are interested in these people on screen, Fury is no different. Ayer does a great job of setting up where and who these five guys are, it’s quick and it’s simply and it means that we as the audience can very quickly get on with following their story, their journey. The actor who for me brought his all to this roll and I never thought I’d be saying this was Shia LaBeouf, the main reason for that I feel is he does one Important thing in this film and that’s not act like he has acted in every other film you’ll have seen him in. I never once thought I was watching Shia LaBeouf acting, I actually believed in this character I was seeing on screen and I think he did a great job in every scene I saw him in. Logan Lerman who I guess you could say plays the lead in this film does an expert job of being the audiences way into this harsh world and he was a great choice, there are a few scenes in particular that this actor has that are great, he plays it subtle and he plays it quiet which in turn means that when he does have those moment where he flies off the handle it is that much more meaningful. One unfortunate thing for his character though and it is something that bugged me throughout was that his arc was rushed and sloppily done, too quickly did he go from scared and unable to do anything to a Nazi killing machine and it just felt off for me. Still everyone in this film does a brilliant job in their roles and brings such intensity to each and every scene.
Now in terms of a story in this film, well there isn’t really one to be exact. More so the film (like I said earlier) is a character film and so the script just has them going from location to location and in the end I was alright with that because it more about the characters and there experiences during these moments that is the overall purpose of the film.
What this film does an incredible job of and is one of the main reasons I would recommend this film to people are the action scenes. Having never been bowled over by the action in previous David Ayer films I was surprised when I finished watching the tank on Nazi’s action scene in Fury and was just awe struck at how masterful it was. There are not a lot of them but the moments where our characters and their comrades are taking part in a fight between a group of anti-tank guns and themselves are some of the best action scenes I’ve seen in a film for a while. What I think made this the case was a multitude of things, the first being that nearly all of these scenes are live action and not done with bad looking VFX. They actually filmed these scenes using practical effects and extras who existed and explosions that someone would set off, very little to almost none of it was done using green screens and added in later visual effects and because of that there is an authenticity brought to these scenes, the danger in them feels real, the moment where one of the supporting troops is injured or killed it feels more gut wrenching because it looks realistic, Ayer did not hold back when showing the full unadulterated brutality of war.
Which brings me onto one of my final points which is that unlike a lot of films set in war times recently this film doesn’t shield you from just how awful it must be as a soldier in this kind of harsh situation. This is not a film where we see soldiers who can’t be tainted by war and live on a moral high ground where it almost doesn’t seem believable. The characters in this film are not good people, they do terrible things and they enjoy the terrible things they do. I believe this is a film that poignantly shows the sad realities of war, there aren’t always good guys to save the day, the war goes on even after they’re time is done.
Yes I whole heartedly recommend this film; it’s not perfect it has some rough edges with its lack of story or shaky development of some of the characters, it even falls into one or two clichés that might annoy some but if you can look past these imperfections I think you will very much enjoy what this film has to offer.