David Ayer surprised me with End of Watch but his other movies, Street Kings, Harsh Times, and Sabotage, didn’t quite leave their marks. As good as the trailer makes this seem, I’m not quite sure it will be quite as good as End of Watch. End of Watch was a breath of fresh air in the tired buddy cop genre. It utilized found footage and combined it with real footage to create such a unique and intriguing movie, just like Inglorious Basterds took a different approach to a tired genre. I’m hoping Fury falls into this category, a different take on the WWII drama. The one thing it does is center its story on something unlike any other and that is setting it in a tank with a condensed cast. I like the casting throughout, Brad Pitt as Wardaddy looks like a variation of Aldo Raine from Basterds. I’m hoping for good things when it comes to this movie but given Ayer’s track record it does have me worried.
The film is set during the last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank called “Fury” and its 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.
Directed by David Ayer. Starring Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, Shia LeBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. Produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures.