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533. Fury

Published February 28, 2015

Background info

Title: Fury Director: David Ayer Year: 2014 Run time: 2hrs 14m

“April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”

Live blog

1:22 - This is one step away from calling your film Rage. 6:49 - “We been lucky till now.” Various definitions of luck. 13:01 - Good advice for life in general? “Do as you’re told and don’t get too close to anyone.” 22:01 - She wisely stands out of the way. Don’t play chicken with a tank. 30:49 - Wow, tanks just ploughing through hedges. 32:23 - Is the fire supposed to look like Star Wars lasers? 37:20 - “I’m trained to type 60 wpm.” Pshhhh, just 60? 44:11 - They’re basically a dark cloud of planes. Amazing. 50:55 - “Do you want to see a tank?” Worst chat up line ever. Seems to be working though. 57:51 - How can he possibly keep those eggs in one piece in a tank?? 1:07:42 - Top hats are brilliant. 1:12:02 - It doesn’t seem like a good idea to mess up your boss’s moment of solitude. 1:19:02 - Tanks have pretty shocking turning circles. 1:33:20 - Did he just yell man up? 1:46:09 - Who am I to judge their strategy but would it have made sense to get the extra ammo in before they got there? 2:02:36 - What do you do now?

Conclusions

Was quite looking forward to this one, but now having seen it, I’m not convinced it was worth the wait. Brad Pitt was good, but I couldn’t sympathise with the character all that much - he didn’t seem a particularly nice guy, and granted you have to have a certain attitude to be able to withstand the horrors that these people went through, but it felt above and beyond that.

The film was realistic, gritty is the word I’m sure a lot of reviews have used. It was exactly what I thought a WWII film should be like, in contrast with The Monuments Men which was all shiny and sparkly. Fury though, it was worth watching, but enjoyable isn’t really the right word for this one.

Rating: 3/5.

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