Fury takes place during the final stages of the European front in World War two. The once thought unstoppable German army is on the retreat. Hitler has declared total war and orders that every man, woman, and child is to do his or her part to drive back the allies. The only advantage the Germans appear to have is their superior technology. The average allied tank is torn to shreds by the superior German panzer 4’s. This is where the movie takes its role on the inside of an allied tank called Fury.
The first two scenes introduce the main characters in this film. Wardaddy played by Brad Pitt, the tank commander. Norman, the new guy played by Logan Lerman, the assistant driver. Gordo played by Michael Pena, the Hispanic tank driver. Grady, played by John Bernthal, the tank’s engineer. Lastly, Bible played by Shia LaBeouf, the religious gunner of the group. These men are different in their own ways, but by the end of the movie they will all be the same in one way.
The movie’s main protagonist is Norman. His job is to operate a .30 machine gun on the front end of the tank. He gets plunged into a war he joined, but he didn’t want to see. He tells Wardaddy that he hadn’t been to tank school or even seen the inside of a tank. He went on to say that he had been trained to type 60 words a minute. This movie is the story of Norman’s tour of duty and what can happen to people that go to war.
This isn’t the standard war movie with fake gun sounds, over dramatic explosions, and a mindless enemy. The sound of shells flying past the tanks with the distinct whistling sound. Guns make realistic sounds and actually hit their targets with realism. The enemy in this movie is kind of standard, meaning the regular German wehrmacht foot soldiers were average, but the SS in this movie are the real enemy. If those who don’t know who the SS are here is a quick history lesson. The SS were the best and most experienced of the German army. Before the war broke out they were Hitler’s personal bodyguard, but grew extensively by the time the war started. These men are Nazi elite. They are unquestionable with all orders that are given to them by their superiors and by Hitler himself. They helped the Gestapo, secret police, to apprehend Jews and the SS also ran the concentration, labor, and death camps. Wardaddy tells Norman to kill every SS that he comes across, and now you know why.
This movie is for adults unless graphic depictions of war don’t faze you. This movie has people hanging from telephone poles, a man’s head gets taken off by an AP [Armor Piercing] round from a tank, an allied tank operator is on fire and then shoots himself, two members of the Hitler Youth, the Nazi version of the boy scouts, get shot by Wardaddy, soldiers both allied and German get lit up by guns, and other gruesome death. This movie is about on par with “Saving Private Ryan” on gruesomeness.
This movie was very immersive, and felt very realistic. Though the severity of World War two seemed overdone and seemed a little too dramatic. The movie made it seem like the allies weren’t going to make it Berlin without being torn to shreds by the level of resistance that the German army, which was on the full retreat on a historical level. Besides this and a dinner scene that was used as filler where the only two things in this movie that brought it done.
This movie is a very accurate depiction of war with graphic death, bullets that actually deal damage, and the soldiers act and feel like soldiers, not super soldiers or super humans. If you are a fan of war films that try to be graphic, have lots of foul language, and that uses physics this is the movie for you.