Action films set in real war periods are a tricky proposition. There’s got to be a healthy degree of realism to them or else they come off cheap. And a war film not looking cheap is definitely not cheap to do. One way around it is to tell a really focused story centred around a particular place or a particular team. “Fury” does both. The place is a tank and the team is a small unit commanded by Brad Pitt, returning to familiar territory after “Inglourious Basterds”. I’m quite intrigued by this one actually, and it’s been a long while since we’ve seen a war film with a tank squadron as the focus. Hopefully, director David Ayer can bring the same sense of camaraderie that he brought to “End Of Watch”. Pitt looks in A-list form, and his supporting cast looks solid. I’ll even give Shia LaBeouf the benefit of the doubt here.
Here’s the official synopsis: “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, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”
“Fury” stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs. It premieres 14th November.