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Combat - WWII

Fury (2014)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script David Ayer
Additional Info Four real Shermans, and one real Tiger, from the Bovington Tank Museum took part in the movie. Here are a couple of links, the first to the Fury tank battle Sherman v Tiger in Fury, and the second to the one in Kelly’s Heros, Kelly’s Heros Sherman v Tiger both illustrating the “Tiger” problem.
Director David Ayer
Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs (hello), Scott Eastwood
Elevator Pitch Fury is a WWII Sherman tank, one of many engaged in the allied advance towards Berlin in 1945. The German army, now limited to the Panzer divisions supported by artillery and Tiger tanks, are proving to be challenging opposition, and the tank group of which Fury is one, are being decimated by the opposition, but are taking over towns and given more difficult tasks in support of the infantry. After one of Fury’s crew are killed a new boy replaces him, creating  some difficulties.
Content The tanks struggle in the mud. There is a  lot of shouting as the new boy is faced with the reality of being in war. A lot of dead soldiers are collected. A number of tank battles take place mostly with adverse outcomes for the Shermans. There is one implied sexual encounter, just a bit of drinking and a lot of smoking.
A View The first act of this movie is very difficult to watch, but it either gets easier or else you become acclimatised, and I am a bit of a tank fan so once we get to the tank battles which, although variously dissed by self proclaimed experts, I thought were wonderfully choreographed, it is riveting. If I was going to find fault it would be that the fictional advance lacked air support, since by that point in the war the Luftwaffe had been destroyed; but a small point. Well worth a watch for war film enthusiasts.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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