Fury **

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“Fury” is an amazing movie from a technical stand point. There are a few tank battles that are truly harrowing and spellbinding. The cinematography, locations and visual effects are all fairly astonishing. I just wish that all of this supporting characters and a story that were so dull.

Brad Pitt stars as Don “Wardaddy” Collier. He is in command of a tank and it’s crew which consists of characters played by Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. All of these characters are assigned one dimension each. There is the solemn preacher, the cocky bully, the brutal leader, the inexperienced private and a Mexican character who simpy provides comedic relief. We don’t truly get to know anyone on a personal level so when their lives are in peril we really are not that invested. Eventually some of them change and grow suddenly and sometimes jarringly.

That is not to say that this movie is poorly acted. Everyone does there best. There are some scenes that really stood out such as when Pitt forces the new private, quite literally, to murder a prisoner of war. Then there is the disturbing moment where the crew liberate a small German town then proceed to debase themselves and some times rape the inhabitants.

My issue here is that none of these scenes added up to much. These characters are all clichés, which is not too bad except that they are done so poorly.

The real reason to see this movie is for the technical aspects. The tank battles, although few and far between, are well staged using real props and special effects. There might of been CGI but I couldn’t tell at all. There are some point of view shots here that are mind blowing, especially when the we see a tank fire from the inside. My only complaint is that there are only a few brief conflicts. The final battle takes place after their tank has broken down. They defend themselves from within, basically mowing down German soldiers as they confusingly keep running at their vehicle.

Now once again I find myself at odds with almost everyone on this film. It has a very high score on Rotten Tomatoes and word of mouth is quite good. I may watch it again some day but not too soon.

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