David Ayer is a guy who’s made some good movies, some bad movies and some okay movies. He started of his career as a screen-writer writing scripts for action movies like ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Training Day’. His directorial debut ‘Harsh Times’ was met with a mixed response, and his second feature ‘Street Kings’ failed to deliver. Ayer finally found his groove with police drama ‘End of Watch’ only to follow it up with the disgusting and overly violent ‘Sabotage’. For a guy who’s spend most of his career making movies about ‘cops’, ‘Fury’ is a welcome change of pace for Ayer
Set in 1945, towards the end of World War II, Fury tells the story of Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt) an army sergeant , his five man crew and their tank ‘Fury’ as they push into the heart of Nazi Germany. Featuring a great cast led by Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal, Fury is a solid and highly entertaining war movie and quite possibly the best movie of David Ayer’s career. The acting is very good, and apart from Brad Pitt’s charismatic turn, Shia LaBeouf also gives a surprisingly good performance. Shia is someone who’s come under much fire recently for his acting and downright bizarre public behavior. Thankfully he does well here. Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal are also solid in their respective roles. As i mentioned before Fury is a highly engaging movie and some of the battle scenes are excellently staged, the dialogue is well-written and the whole back and forth between the characters is enjoyable to watch. The cinematography is eye-popping and adds to the experience of watching the movie.
Towards the end of the movie however, Ayer has managed to get the characters into a difficult situation and they are left with two options. The way the characters see this situation through is truly disappointing (even though entertaining). In the end, the movie fails to truly bring a meaningful ending to the whole journey that the characters have gone through. The writing is something that comes into question for this.
Comparing Fury to World War 2 movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ or ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is not justified, because it just isn’t on the same level. Even though many elements seem to be inspired from the two films, Fury is a movie that thrives thanks to it’s charismatic stars and entertainment value. Despite inconsistent writing it is ultimately a success for writer/ director David Ayer because of all the reasons i mentioned above and watching it serves as a worthwhile way to spend 2 hours and 15 minutes.