As anyone who has visited the Smithsonian mall in Washington DC can attest, one of the most popular monuments commemorates the brave men and women who served the United States during World War II. Walking upright, using a walker or confined to a wheelchair, veterans and their families find the section that commemorates their home state and reflect upon the war whose impact resonates even to this day. Their thoughts inevitably go to the multitudes who did not return from the war. This weekend, “Fury,” which stars Brad Pitt and is written and directed by David Ayer, was released, and it is another entry into the cinematic library on World War II.
Set in Germany near the end of the war in 1945, Brad Pitt plays hard-nosed Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, a tank captain. In his crew includes Bible (played by Shia LaBeouf), Trini (played by Michael Pena) and Grady (played by Jon Bernthal). They get a new member to their team: Norman (played by Logan Lerman), who has experience as a typing clerk, but no experience with authentic conflict. Only in the army for eight weeks, Norman is a complete novice. But a tank crew must work together, and these men endeavor in very dangerous areas.
David Ayer does strong work directing “Fury.” He creates a grim atmosphere and makes most of the film overcast and somber. Also, he does a good job with the battle scenes, which are quite violent and intense.
The cast is impressive. Brad Pitt is excellent in the lead role. He is tough and does not like Norman at first, but as he learns to be a good soldier, the young recruit grows on the seasoned veteran. Shia LaBeouf is equally strong. As his nickname suggests, Bible is very religious. Logan Lerman is also great as Norman.
“Fury” is a good choice for fans of World War II films, as well as fans of Brad Pitt.