Movie review: "Fury" rumbles through worn war movie territory

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

"Fury" is built like a tank, a carefully constructed WWII film that slowly rumbles toward greatness while not quite getting there.

The Brad Pitt-led film is solid if not groundbreaking. It's a little too derivative of familiar war movie themes to really rise to the top of the genre.

Pitt plays a battle-hardened sergeant named Don "Wardaddy" Collier who commands a tank in the waning days of the war as the Allies push into Germany.

When the tank is assigned a new and raw young recruit (Logan Lerman), Wardaddy must quickly mold the boy into a killer.

Writer-director David Ayer takes a gritty if familiar look at the hell of war. Set during a point in the war when the tide had clearly turned against the Nazis, "Fury" still takes place in a time where "a lot of people have to die" before the war will end.

Lerman's young recruit is also an archetype of war movies, the scared young boy who becomes a hardened killer through the horrors he faces.

Pitt plays a dialed-down version of his "Inglourious Basterds" character, stoic and providing a morality in a point where the lines are blurred.

There's no new ground, but "Fury" is a solid war film, the kind your dad probably loves.

"Fury"

Opens Friday

3 stars