April, 1945. The war is in its final months as the Allies begin their push into Nazi Germany. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands ‘Fury’, a Sherman Tank. His crew consists of Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LeBeouf), Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal) and Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), who find themselves needing a new assistant driver following a violent attack on the enemy of which their tank is the only one to survive. They’re battle hardened soldiers, forged into a team by service during the notorious North African Campaign. Thrown into this mix is Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), trained “to type eighty words a minute” and who has served for all of eight weeks.
As you would imagine, the film follows Norman’s journey; an early, confronting scene shows Collier forcing him to shoot a captive German soldier because he is no good to them if he cannot kill. He’s treated with contempt by the rest of the crew, but behind their gruff exteriors are gradually revealed complicated characters, each changed by the horrors of war. Even “Wardaddy” is more complex than he at first appears, forced to stay strong for his men, and to act as a reluctant father figure to Norman. He’s promised them they’ll get through, but the loss of one of his crew has clearly shaken him to the core.
The entire cast are exceptional, although I must give a standout mention to Stella Stocker and Alicia von Rittberg as Edith and Emma respectively. I cannot reveal exactly what happens without spoiling a defining moment of the film, but they are German women who put a human face on the war, and lead to pivotal character development.
- Fury is written and directed by David Ayer, and stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, with Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.
- World War II Tank Action
When / Where / How Much
- Fury is on general release in cinemas from Thursday. Prices vary.