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