David Ayer had released one movie earlier this year, Sabotage. And I was unaware of its existence until my friend told me about it when we were going to have our lunch after watching David Ayer’s latest war film, Fury.
Fury is a story set in World War II, the war the Hollywood makes most use of. And I can’t help but compare it to the undisputed king of war films, Saving Private Ryan. Is Fury as good, or does it come close? No. But is it that horrible? No, again. Fury hangs somewhere in between.
It is saved by some good acting by Brad Pitt and even better acting by Shia LaBeouf. The rest of the cast did reasonably well, but the difference in the quality of the performances is evident.
The story is about a tank named Fury, which is led by Don Collier (Brad Pitt) and his team. A clerk typist Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) enters the team as an assitant driver after the original man on the team was killed in action. The guys, Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), gunner; Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal), loader; and Trini Garcia (Michael Peña), driver are initially quite harsh towards him, but slowly get adjusted to his unfamiliarity to war and deaths and killing.
The team is in Germany, fighting the Nazis bravely. They embark on missions assigned to them, which they promptly finish. As the story progresses, the rest of the tanks are destroyed, and Fury is the last one left. And then they meet their biggest challenge: Facing a troop of about 300 Nazis.
That part of the movie reminds me of 300, except that the enemy army is 300, who will face 5 brave and courageous soldiers. Now when you go watch the movie, I have no doubt you’ll be reminded of it too.
The story is a bit boring, because there is no actual plot the movie is based on. There is continuity, but there is no plot that the movie follows, unlike Saving Private Ryan and other WW II movies. This is something that made the movie a bit dull for me, but like I said, Pitt and LeBeouf save the day.
And it is not just them. The action sequences are really good, and Ayer has done a good job in executing them. However, the attempt to include a teary, emotional angle to the story sucked. The part where Pitt and Lerman visit the house with a couple of German women inside is unnecessary, and excruciating. Gospels, omelets, anger, Pitt’s scarred back and shaving is what happens in the 20 minutes of the movie that involves the two German women.
But then, the movie is quite gory sometimes, and that might be disturbing. What I found more disturbing was the mistakes in the last 5 minutes of the movie. When you watch it closely enough, you will see that David Ayer missed small, but evident points in the last scenes. I counted three mistakes, but there could be more.
One weird thing about this movie is its philosophy. The characters, including the typist, go around with one thing and only one thing on mind: Kill the Germans. Lerman goes from “I can’t kill anyone” to “Best job ever” by the end of the movie, and that’s a very short time to change your views about killing people. But this is the Nazis we’re talking about, and anyone on Brad Pitt’s team love to kill them, as we’ve seen in Inglourious Basterds.
But never mind all the defects. The climax was very well done, and it is only in a theater that you can enjoy it fully. Go watch this movie for the action, tanks, guns and the actors.