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  • 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 her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into theirApril, 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 her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 16, 2014
    100
    At its best, Fury examines the psychological experience of warfare.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 14, 2014
    80
    Like Ayer’s cop flicks, Fury is a gripping ride all the way through, if somewhat restricted in its emotional and visual range.
  3. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Oct 19, 2014
    80
    Fury is literally visceral— a kind of war horror film, which is, of course, what good combat films should be.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 15, 2014
    70
    Ultimately Fury is a good, conventional war movie that might have become something more.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 16, 2014
    63
    It’s engaging and watchable, even as it marches toward a seemingly suicidal climax. Yet the complex dynamic between Wardaddy and his men is far more fascinating.
  6. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 15, 2014
    58
    It’s all very Peckinpah — or at least it could be, if Ayer had any sense of poetry.
  7. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Oct 16, 2014
    38
    Fury is a war movie with balls of steel and marbles for brains.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 90
  2. Negative: 14 out of 90
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    Much better than I expected and is a movie even women will enjoy. It is more about relationships built in war and less about the war. GoodMuch better than I expected and is a movie even women will enjoy. It is more about relationships built in war and less about the war. Good tank fighting scenes also and the acting is wonderful. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2014
    9
    Fury adeptly balances entertainment and accuracy with regards to human physical and mental state during war. Ayer's use of Lerman's characterFury adeptly balances entertainment and accuracy with regards to human physical and mental state during war. Ayer's use of Lerman's character as a bridge between the audience and the terrors of war is genius. Lerman's performance truly brings you into the tank. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    9
    This movie was a fantastic representation of tank combat during World War II. The cast is great, I have to say I was worried about the castThis movie was a fantastic representation of tank combat during World War II. The cast is great, I have to say I was worried about the cast but they all played their role to perfection. I was impressed by the tank effects. Fury is a M4A3E8, it was a late world War II Sherman variant with the larger 76mm M1A2 gun as opposed to the smaller less powerful 75mm L/40 gun that was present in most Sherman tanks. In the movie they use proper terminology like when they face the Tiger tank head to head they switch to HVAP (high velocity armor piercing) rounds. they really did their research on this movie. The movie was filled with war action, drama, tragedy, and a hint of comedy. I would highly recommend this movie, especially if you love tanks like I do. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nothing gorgeous like a ‪‎Pitt‬ movie that eases with an emotional frenzy, spectacular action and head-bursting gore. You top it with great actors like ‪Labeouf‬, ‪Bernthal‬ and ‪Pena‬, you have got yourself a team of awesomeness that can work wonders given proper screen time. Comes wrapped to all of that is a great screenplay that furbishes an already great yet wicked tale of WWII.

    ‎Ayer‬ buffs up his game in the World War flick with a tank called Fury and ravages everything that reads German through it. As it tramples dead soldiers, and battles fierce tanks like ‪Tiger‬, glimpses from top-notch games like Call of Duty and Company of Heroes come gushing in. The score oozes out brilliance and works like a charm in the background, and uplifts everything that read blood.

    Ayer gave a great deal of attention to the flick's presentation. He eases into the beginning with a war planet, a Kraut and a white horse and fades away with the crossroads that Fury never left. He puts in a novice behind the wheel for us to watch the sadistic world around him through a typist eyes. One of the great bits from the flick is the conversation that disrupts the peace in the German's house showing true colours of what savage is, through Bernthal's exceptional acting. The strategy ‪Wardaddy‬ forces on and the teamwork that Fury bears, reflect the war reality with pizazz.

    Pitt's acting demands a definite ovation at times like when he bursts open the dam of wrath on finding a Kraut who was being taken in for questioning, or when he helps ‪‎Lerman‬ grow a pair. Death lurks around as the movie climaxes. The team joins their leader into the pits of fire, as the Wardaddy calls Fury his home.

    Great stuff!
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  5. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    Finally, the tank gets its own movie. Long the unheralded workhorse of war, the tank has been largely neglected by Hollywood, probably due toFinally, the tank gets its own movie. Long the unheralded workhorse of war, the tank has been largely neglected by Hollywood, probably due to the technical complexity and expense of trying to depict tank warfare. "Fury" attempts to make up for this in spades by reproducing in elaborate detail the everyday grunge, grease and gears of tank warfare in World War II.

    The look and feel of "Fury" is reminiscent of "Saving Private Ryan", but is even more accurate and real-to-life. The dirt, the ill-fitting uniforms, the rust, the scars of life are all lovingly recreated. Especially notable are the costumes, which depict civilian and military dress at the time far more accurately than any movie ever made previously. The wardrobe department must have worked from thousands of contemporary photographs and had an army of seamstresses and designers slaving away to faithfully conjure up every emblem and button and ribbon. The scenes depicting German POWs in a holding camp and a marching column of panzer grenadiers are absolute masterpieces of technical accuracy and wardrobe fidelity. The only limitation on this display of virtuosity is the sheer panoply of styles--sometimes they show so many different uniforms and costumes within a single unit that is unrealistic because a real unit would not have so great a range of dress.

    The hardware in the movie is equally realistic. Real tanks have been fully reconstructed to show exactly how they were during the war, paint chips, donkey baskets, dents and all. Pistols, ammo, machine guns and other accessories all are correct down to the click of the slide and cock of the hammer. Even civilian goods are rescued from ye olde antique shop: bottles of wine, wash basins, armoires, rugs, tea kettles, china--all straight out of pre-war Germany.

    The real shining star of the movie is the battle scenes, though. These artillery explosions, armor piercing rounds and .50-caliber fire are not your father's SFX squibs and witches brew burnoffs; they are hyper realistic recreations of the actual sights and sounds of real warfare. The whine of high-velocity fire really sets your hairs on end. The only flaw is that the action is compressed, the combatants being too close to each other, but this is obviously necessary so that everything is visible. The producers went to great lengths to show actual combat tactics, so you see infantry support, dug in AT, bore-sighted ambushes, panzer faust and all kinds of other realistic tactics from actual warfare.

    The weakness of the movie is its script, which is full of anachronistic modern language and implausible situations with people talking and acting like 1990 east LA toughs instead of real 1940s soldiers. The final battle scene is also completely absurd, with dozens of elite Nazis throwing themselves in front a helpless tanks gun's. It's like those old cowboy and Indian movies in which the Indians deliberately ride in front of cavalry soldiers so they can get shot down. There is also a weird romance/rape scene that tries to split the difference between gang rape, wartime prostitution and cross-cultural dating and ends up in a very awkward place.

    All-in-all, if you are war buff or gear head you will love this movie, but don't expect too much from the dramatic side of it.
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  6. Oct 17, 2014
    5
    I saw this last night with a group of guys in our 40's. They absolutely loved it and even compared it to Saving Private Ryan and some otherI saw this last night with a group of guys in our 40's. They absolutely loved it and even compared it to Saving Private Ryan and some other classic WWII films. I wasn't so convinced. There are moments where the action and gun fights are fantastic, but some of the character interactions in the quiet scenes in between seemed formulaic and cliche. I will avoid spoilers here but these characters are repeats of characters we have seen before in Band of Brothers, The Pacific, The Big Red One, Saving Private Ryan, etc. The cast is strong and the actors play their parts well enough, but the script seems to limit the characters to broad stereotypes.
    There is also a breakfast scene where the crew is eating eggs in an apartment in a town they have liberated. Some of the characters behave in ways that are not consistent with the rest of the movie. Pitt's character in particular seems like he is lost in that scene whereas he is normally a strong and dependable leader. Once the scene is concluded it is never referred to again and all of the characters proceed as though nothing had changed. When I quizzed my group about this scene, even the guys who liked the movie the most agreed that this was a peculiar scene that was out of character for Pitt.
    Overall, when seen on a big screen with a good sound system, it's worth seeing for all of the WWII carnage and the close knit bonds of the tank crew, but don't expect story or characters that you haven't seen before. I don't regret spending the $13 ticket price, but when it comes to HBO I will probably pass on watching it again.
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  7. Dec 3, 2014
    0
    The director wanted to bring a new experience into the WW2 film world. While critic reviews talked about obsolete images of the 50s, theThe director wanted to bring a new experience into the WW2 film world. While critic reviews talked about obsolete images of the 50s, the characters are just too plain and dark than anything I have ever seen on WW2. It must have been the attempt to grasp a reality no one ever thought of, but this reality fails to capture any kind of intricacy. While there was certainly brutality and ruthlessness in WW2, there were also acts of mercy - expecially in the fight between Americans and Germans. My grandfather was a German soldier in WW2 and was shot by a GI slowly bleeding to death on the battlefield when the Americans found and saved him. Expand

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