Flash Movie Review: Fury

Actions reveal more about a person than their words. There are some individuals who use their words as a way to accentuate the meaning of their actions. Throughout my life I have been reminded over and over that actions speak louder than words. Some people are quick to say things they think someone wants to hear as a way to avoid being an active participant with that person. I have noticed however that actions can quickly bond people together. Spending one’s elementary school years with the same classmates connects them in a special way that can remain for a lifetime. When events are of an extreme nature, they have the power to connect people in such a rapid way that solidifies their relationship on a high level. This makes all of the participants act as one unified force. An easy example of this would be any sports team. Having grown up around veterans from every war since world war II, it is quite apparent they have a unique and special bond that is not found among civilians.    ALLIED forces were making their final push through the European landscape in April 1945. Army sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier, played by Brad Pitt (World War Z, Fight Club), and his tank crew had orders to secure and defend a crucial crossroad against the advancing Nazi troops. If they could not successfully carry out their mission, there was a chance the allied forces would suffer a major defeat in their campaign. This action war film was one of the most intense movies I have sat through in a long time. There will be some of you that will not be able to take the assault on their eyes from the intense violence and blood in some of the scenes. Putting that aside, this drama from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day) was so well done; I found myself holding my breath several times out of anxiousness. Brad and the actors who made up his tank crew, Shia LaBeouf (Transformers franchise, Lawless) as Boyd “Bible” Swan, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson franchise, 3:10 to Yuma) who was the biggest standout as Norman Ellison, Michael Pena (End of Watch, American Hustle) as Trini “Gordo” Garcia and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Ghost) as Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis were all so good that I totally took them to be soldiers. If there was any fault to this film I felt some of the violence was overdone. Granted I have never been involved with armed conflict but it started to feel excessive, whereas I would have preferred learning more about each solider. That being said, prepare yourself for battle if you are going to see this intense film.

 

3 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 20, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Thank you for this review. I’ve not been able to gauge whether this is my type of movie or not based on the trailers but your description makes me think it’s probably worth me seeing it at some stage.

  2. This is on my list to go see. Thanks.

  3. Scrolled straight down to your rating because I’ll be seeing this in a day or so. Very excited to see you liked it! I love WW2 movies so I’m hoping this delivers in a big way.

  4. intense violence indeed.!!! bad ending.

  5. Great review. This one really delivers on the horror of war. The visuals and sound are incredible. Could this be in for some technical prizes at awards season? I think it stands a chance.

  6. Thanks for this thoughtful review. The film received two out of three stars in a Miami Herald review. That’s a lukewarm review by the Herald’s standards and I was disappointed because this looks like one of the better films to come along. I trust your review more than the one in the Miami Herald.

    • Well thank you so much for having faith in me. I hope you get to see this film on the big screen and I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on it afterwards. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  7. “saving” in my queue

  8. I saw Fury this afternoon and it was definitely intense. It reminded me of a cross between Saving Private Ryan and Inglorious Bastards. Though it does stands on its own, but not without controversy. Last week I read this article http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/article/2014/11/03/comment-rape-scene-brad-pitts-fury-no-one-talking-about which has some merits but overall I disagree with it. It seems to be more a character assassination of Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie than at the film. What to do you think ? The article was definitely one of the reasons why I went and saw Fury. Some of my favourite movies are anti-war movies like Platoon, Fury was tough to watch and not a film I will revisit often. Maybe on DVD in a years time after the dust has settled.
    BTW last time we spoke I was going to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Loved it.

    • Welcome back Robert, it is good to see you again. Fury was extremely intense which has turned some folk off to seeing it. I read the article from the link you enclosed and I agree with you. It does have merit, but I have to assume this practice took place through every war–even up to today. It did seem more in bashing Brad and Angie. Glad you enjoyed Walter Mitty. If you get a chance may I suggest you check out the original with Danny Kaye. Thanks for sharing your comments with us.

  9. Fury is one of the most inspirational movies I’ve seen last year. I really liked it and was quite speechless after I left.

    Thank you for such a nice blog. I like that you interview all the new movies. Is there a certain way I can search the name of the movie I’m looking for?

    Happy New Year. 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. It is a pleasure to meet you. I am so glad you were moved by this film; I thought the battle scenes were one of the most intense of last year. To search other titles there is a search feature in the upper right; just enter in “flash move review:” then the title and it should pop up. Also, to the lower right there is a list of categories the movies have been broken down in. Happy new year to you as well.

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