The Paladin wants off Fury


Fury came out in 2014, starring Brad Pitt, motivational speaker Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon “Shane” Bernthal as the tank crew of the Sherman Battle Tank FURY. I’ll cut to the chase… I didn’t like it. Fury when it is an actual war movie is tense and brutal. Fury when it is being introspective is awful and stupid. The fighting is done in the new style of Hollywood war films – brutal, bloody, and dirty. This makes the climatic set piece, the part we suffer through the rest of the movie to get to, really quite good. The battle is intense, swinging from hope to despair and then back again with each attack. It’s that desperate Alamo-like last stand we just love in ’MERICA!!! The rest of the movie is the standard Hollywood post-Vietnam war movie that makes every effort to suck the heroism and even humanity out of the soldiers the movie is portraying. Except for Lerman’s wide-eyed clerk turned machine gunner, the rest of the crew of Fury are terrible people. Even the soldiers around and intertwined with the events of the film are terrible people. I don’t doubt that American soldiers killed prisoners in World War 2, but I find fault with the movie’s depiction of soldiers reveling in it.

To me the film was trying to show how war changes those who fight in it, but it does it without us seeing who the men were before the war. For all we know they were all terrible people, the Army just gave them license to kill. So we don’t see the loving family man, the idealistic college student, the friendly mechanic, or the pride of the family go off to war and have their lives forever changed. HBO’s Band of Brothers and American Sniper do a much better job at showing how war changes lives, without glorifying war or wrapping war up in an idealistic American flag.

3 Replies to “The Paladin wants off Fury”

  1. I hated this movie, I agree about the characters being terrible. But I also didn’t like the battle scenes, I thought that the tanks ability was too powerful for that era of weaponry.

  2. Interesting, I felt this was the best film I had seen in years. It was violent. Yes. But in a way that made me feel the pointlessness of war and savage brutality of it all made me sick. I think that is one of the reasons I liked it so much. I don’t want to enjoy war movies.

    I also thought that the caracters were original and played off eachother really well. That there are so many different ways people cope with and experience life through the war and death.

    The final battle you don’t even seen the action. It puts you into the mind space and emotion of the characters. Maybe you’re right and it doesn’t promote a typical heroism but I think it is more reflective of life. I haven’t met these morally superior heros. I’ve only met flawed men that gave all of themselves. I somehow find that more inspiring.

    Though I’m the guy that can’t stand gladiator. So we can disagree and still be friends.

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