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 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.
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Not for the sensitive types, it grinds through brutal reality of tank crews in Europe who had a (very) short life span. If you are looking for the "Knight in Shining Armour" type of movie with lots of good feel factor .... move on, otherwise, have a stiff drink to hand. This one is anti-war without childish slogans, just brutal reality. If you dont have a strong stomach ..... move on, its not for you.
And it was even better the second time around. Sure, it's a bit over the top, but the crew performances are outstanding. When you think of films like Where Eagles Dare and The Dirty Dozen - classics by any reckoning - it actually seems pretty realistic. The final battle was superb, although of course in reality, once the SS commander had discovered the tank was occupied he would have just gone around it and left a squad and a couple of sniper teams to wait it out. No soldier would have thrown his men at it like that - especially when they had a definite mission to accomplish, i.e. busting up the allied supply lines. Totally daft, but entertaining, and that's what the movies are all about isn't it?
Great movie, better than the reviews would suggest and if you have a sub-woofer, go wild!
Brad Pitt is convincing as a tank commander who has been ground down by war, and his supporting cast walk a delicate line between sanity and bestial rage against the Germans to deliver moments of genuine pathos and peril. Somehow, it manages to be grittier than Saving Private Ryan, and the civilians here rise above their status as ciphers/background to be genuine - if sketchy - characters.
Definitely worth a look, and if you are a war movie fan, a must-see.