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July 24, 2017

Fury (2014) --- "Sometimes Even The Strongest Of Places Can Have Weaknesses And Be Melancholy."

Plot Summary

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 his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. (1)


*WARNING* this movie contains brutal fighting/war games, blood, guts, and heavy usage of the F-bomb ( in practically every sentence).
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Hello, Movie Buffs!
This is one of the best war movies since, Saving Private RyanBlack Hawk Down, and the Thin Red Line. When you first view this movie you may think that this movie is too intense, that this depiction of WW2 was far too brutal to have happened, unless of course you actually studied what happened during WW2.
I feel like the younger generations do not have a clear understanding of how bad WW2 and the Nazi’s were. This is why I am proud to say, Fury clearly portrays how the atrocities of war affect the psyche of a man; both hardened and fresh. How conflict changes a man. And that even the best of us reach our breaking point, some sooner than others. 
Fury is armed to the teeth with credible, gritty and the raw action of what it is like living inside a WW2 tank. The cinematography and special effects earn their stripes, captivating the audience from beginning to end; it’s as if you are a silent sixth tank member. You can virtually smell and taste the iron vapor of blood, the smoky ash of explosions, and rusty oil of gasoline. The landscapes and atmosphere have been accurately portrayed for 1940’s Germany during WW2.
There is one particular scene where Brad Pitt’s character (Wardaddy)  cusses out, scolds, and yells at Logan Lerman’s character (Norman) because he did not shoot at the Nazi’s; as a result, a friendly got hurt. The Nazi’s were brutal to both the American’s and their own. They forced children to fight and if you refused or were suspicious of their loyalties then they were executed; shot or hung.
One endearing quality or shall I say, welcoming change in this war movie is, this movie lacked the ‘jarhead’ feeling and it does not focus on the courageous acts of the American soldiers, but also the hard and brutal world that the soldiers were living in, and in someplace still are today. A tank may be one of the best weapons in the pile, but that does not mean that they are impervious to death or pain. We, as the audience, get to see what the brutality of war does to minds of the soldiers and how they cope with it as an individual and as a team. Some drink, some smoke, some cuss like a sailor (no pun intended), most do all three. But one thing is for sure; being a soldier is not for everyone.
We get to see the American spirit in full force. Sure we may be cocky and arrogant and perhaps carry ourselves with an air of superiority and ignorance; we can’t all be perfect. But the American Spirit that we see is the stubbornness and unwillingness to give up, that no matter how bad the odds may seem to be in their favor, we will defend our country and fight until our last breath.

“Best job I ever had.”
– Norman, Wardaddy, Bible, Gordo, Coon-Ass (Tank members)

Final Vote (my opinion)
Worth Seeing: 4.5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying: 4.5 of 5stars

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Cast & Crew
Directed by: David Ayer
Writing Credits: David Ayer 

Produced by:
     David Ayer             ...    producer

     Bill Block               ...     producer
     John Lesher          ...     producer
     Ethan Smith         ...     producer
     Jeremy Johns       ...    co-producer
     Anton Lessine       ...    executive producer
     Alex Ott                  ...    executive producer
     Brad Pitt                ...    executive producer
     Sasha Shapiro      ...     executive producer
     Ben Waisbren       ...    executive producer
     Owen Thornton   ...     associate producer 
Brad Pitt --- Don 'Wardaddy' Collier
Shia LaBeouf --- Boyd 'Bible' Swan
Logan Lerman --- Norman Ellison
Michael Peña --- Trini 'Gordo' Garcia
Jon Bernthal --- Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis
Brad William Henke --- Sergeant Davis
Kevin Vance --- Sergeant Peterson
Xavier Samuel --- Lieutenant Parker
Jason Isaacs --- Captain Waggoner
Scott Eastwood --- Sergeant Miles
Laurence Spellman --- Sergeant Dillard

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