Movie Review – Fury

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Movie Reviews
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Fury was the only film which I watched in theaters in recent times which was not in my list. I thought it’d surprise me like how Edge of Tomorrow did. It almost came close to it too.


What I liked most about the film was it didn’t try to be superficial. It was an honest, to the point attempt. Gone are the days were good wins bad, wars being nothing but patriotic etc. But this movie involves five US men who are against Nazi’s without any contradiction. It is a war movie. A proper war movie. Not an antiwar which everyone tries out nowadays. Oliver Stone is the master of war movies. No one could make a movie close to Platoon and of course no one even dares to look war in the way Coppola did in his Apocalypse Now. That’s gem of a movie with war just being used as a metaphor. I’m sure any soldier who had watched Apocalypse Now wouldn’t be able to sleep peacefully in a bunker.

What amazes me most in the war movie is the choreography. It couldn’t get tougher than that. That tracking shot in Paths of Glory? It’s been 60 years and no one has beat that yet. War choreography is tougher than choreographing for a dance sequence with 1000 people who don’t know a thing about dance. For one shot fired one has to duck, one has to die, one has to bleed, one has to shout, one has to look at the next person and also move on with the next shot. In a war film this occupies only 1/10th of a second. Within glimpse of an eye the shot ends but you can’t afford to be negligent in that shot. I’ve always wanted to mention about this a lot of time before but something else in the movie would either make me happy or irritate me and I’d fail to. But in the final scene of Fury you see a shot which slowly zooms out from the tank and a number of bodies lying around it. That made me realizes the pain that so many people would have taken to make the film work.

Not only is it a pure war film but also the characters were regular template characters. Four tough guys, different origin, different way of thinking, bound together by a strong leader, one new comer teased initially but eventually gelling with the group. The only place where it goes away from the template is when Brad Pitt takes those silent breaks with his cigarette. Good that there wasn’t a flashback with troubled past for this. And the number scenes where he takes those silent breaks too were minimum so it was a relief.

The way violence was portrayed in the movie was lovely. There were many horrific scenes but all these happen within seconds and mostly the people in the war aren’t even aware that they’re surrounded by violence. When someone dies or an eyeball rolls on the floor there is hardly any sympathy by the rest of the soldiers. Just that their anger increases on the German army. We could see the movie only from Norman’s (Logan Lerman) point of view because he’s the only normal person amongst the group who’ve already got numb at heart. Was Norman’s name intentionally done because he’s a Nor(mal) Man.

When Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) and his crew finally decide to hold the front the climax gets pretty much evident. Norman escaping out of the tank as the only person alive wasn’t much of a surprise but for a second I thought the guy who lets Norman remain under the tank is another Logan Lerman. If they had done that it’d have been awesome instead of showing another person who’s like him.




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