The year is 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, 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.
The main problem with “Fury” is the poorly-written script, as the dialogue is unconvincing and the characters are weak. The latter is particularly disappointing as director David Ayer attempts to encourage character development, especially during an extended scene in which the unit encounter two German women.
The scene itself is well executed and shows a softer side to Wardaddy. However, it’s far too lengthy, as viewers lose interest and the film loses its momentum. Needless to say, the A-list cast give incredibly strong performances and show excellent chemistry throughout.
The lack of emotional investment and the poor character development means the film strongly relies on its action scenes to maintain interest. Fortunately, this is where the film really comes to life.
Fury manages to have viewers on the edge of their seats during a number of intense scenes on the battlefield. Such moments include a surprise attack from some German children and a tank vs. tank showdown, both of which are handled very well. Whereas the grand finale is somewhat of a comic book ending that the film could have done without, it still provides a number of thrills and intense moments.
Furthermore, authenticity is another strong point in Fury. The film’s outfits, weapons and environments superbly capture the feel of World War II, with a remarkable amount of attention to detail on show. While some of the blood and gore is a little over the top, it shows that David Ayer isn’t afraid to highlight the harsh reality of war.