Boy to Man of War

Brad Pitt in Fury (2014)

Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier (Brad Pitt) has led his men aboard the tank Fury through various conflicts but now find themselves in need of a new gunner after the last one died. Enter Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) an inexperience kid with no idea of what he is doing and unprepared in every way for life in a tank where he is expected to kill Germans without even questioning his actions. For Collier that means he needs to toughen up Ellison or else he and his men might die due to his weaknesses.

Tick for production. It has to be said that those behind "Fury" have certainly thrown a lot of money and time in to the production of the movie. From scenes in the tank to various war torn towns this certainly has an impressive look. The production tick also extends to the action as from small scenes of killing to the big action finale there has clearly been a lot of time and money been spent on making a visual impact.

Tick for acting. Whilst "Fury" is one of those movies where some actor's mumbling makes it hard to actually understand what they say the main casting is good. Brad Pitt delivers a strong performance of a man filled with fight when it comes to killing the enemy whilst Logan Lerman brings the weakness to his character to make him believable as a naive young soldier. Yet Lerman transforms his character in such a way that you can tell he's done a lot of growing up by the time the movie ends.

Unfortunately there is no tick for me when it comes to they storyline as whilst the story of Ellison going from boy to man is a good one it doesn't warrant a movie which breaks the 2 hour mark. As such there are numerous scenes which feel drawn out and almost feel written on the fly as they go on to the point of feeling indulgent.

What this all boils down to is that "Fury" whilst certainly having its plus points, especially when it comes to the production value, failed to truly entertain and ended up feeling drawn out.

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