Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: It is April 1945, and the 2nd Armored Division (“Hell On Wheels”) has fought its way into Germany. The end of the war is only weeks away, but the remnants of the German army are still desperately fighting. This is the story of one tank named Fury, and its crew. The tank is commanded by Sgt Don Collier (Brad Pitt), who has kept his crew alive since they fought in North Africa back in 1942. In the tank with Collier is bible quoting Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena), and southern boy Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal). The assistant tank driver was just killed in action, so green replacement Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) a clerk/typist no less, is forced upon Sgt Collier to complete his crew.
The movie opens with Fury being the sole survivor of a tank battle. They roll into their headquarters area of operations, and get briefed by Capt Waggoner (Jason Isaacs). The front is fluid, and the American infantry units are in trouble up ahead. No rest for the weary; the tankers are forced to refuel and push ahead. If they run into German armor, they are in trouble, as the German Panther and Tiger tanks have better armor and firepower than the American tanks.
This is simply an amazing war movie, without a lot of moralizing to go along with it. Sgt Collier and his crew are tired combat veterans who are trying to fight their way through to the end of the war. Norman Ellison is a total innocent in that he knows nothing of combat or what it will take to survive, but he has been thrown into the maelstrom of war and is frantically trying to get his bearings and cope with his new environment. The battle scenes are extremely authentic; after one fight, the tankers can barely catch their breath they are so stressed out. The pyrotechnics of the fire fights are spectacular. You don’t need 3D to appreciate how scary the fighting would be. This is as close as you will ever get to seeing a live battle portrayed on the screen. The acting is top notch, and the action flows seamlessly. This is a movie that will stand at the top of the list for war movies in years to come.
Huh? What The….: Okay, one small nitpick. There is a scene in the movie where dozens of American infantrymen are riding on top of tanks into a battle zone. My Dad fought in WW II as an infantryman, and he told me you would never ride on top of tanks unless you wanted to get your ass shot off.
Actor To Watch: Brad Pitt has found the role of a lifetime. If he doesn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor there is something wrong with the system.
Dialogue Nuggets: “Wait till you see what a man can do to another man.”
Collier to Ellison: “Do what you’re told. Don’t get too close to anybody.”
“Do you think Jesus loves Hitler?”
“There weren’t supposed to be no more Tigers!”
“All tanks. Start squirting that tree line. Light ’em up!”
Ellison: “Why would I shoot them? They are already dead.” Garcia: “What are you, a doctor?”
“It will end soon but before it does a lot more people gotta die.”
Post Credit Stuff: As credits roll after the movie, you can see real WW II war footage.