Cinema review – Fury

Fury film poster

Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal.

Plot 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, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

If i’m going to be completely honest with you, I had pretty low expectations for this particular film. I don’t really watch many war films and the trailer didn’t exactly thrill me. Still, I thought I would give it a whirl considering I like some of the actors in the cast. To my surprise, it was actually quite entertaining and I even cared about the characters. The story itself is hardly original but it is told with sincerity which elevates it above other WW2 flicks. The action scenes are also executed brilliantly and there were moments that actaully shocked me.

What stuck with me the most though were the performances. I can see why some people might think that Brad Pitt is one of the most overrated actors ever. But you can’t deny he has an incredible screen presence and here he more than gets by on sheer charisma alone. And Shia LaBeouf reminds us that he can be a pretty damn good actor when he’s not being a total douchebag. However the real star of the show is Logan Lerman. Prior to seeing this film, I didn’t have much of an opinion on him. I thought he was quite good in The Perks Of Being a Wallflower but he didn’t wow me. That’s all changed now. I was genuinely impressed by the range of emotions he expressed in his performance and he more than held his own in his scenes with Pitt. He probably will get overlooked this award season but hopefully this will lead onto bigger and better things for him.

Although it won’t be remembered as a classic, Fury will still please genre fans and, if anything, propel Lerman up the Hollywood A-list.

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