By: Takudzwa Makoni
Director David Ayer brings us this summer’s obligatory World War Two movie in Fury.
Ayer Directs his own screenplay and this latest collaboration with Brad Pitt rates a solid if not spectacular.
Set right at the end of the War, Fury stars Brad Pitt as Seargent Dan “WarDaddy” Collier and his five man Sherman Tank crew as they take part in the final push into Germany to end the War.
Ayers and Pitt are usually reliable for an enjoyable evening, and while Fury will make its fair share at the box office, the movie flatters to disappoint. As Pitt and his men approach the proverbial finish line and are close to leaving the war alive, they are presented with a dangerous mission. The inevitable, ‘gallant American hero fighting against insurmountable odds’ story-line follows, with very few surprises or narrative improvisation.
Perhaps the yearly barrage of World War 2 movies has left us jaded to the point where only something genre-changing will impress us, but Fury leaves one with a vague feeling of frustration. With this great cast- Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernhal, Scott Eastwood, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel- why would Ayer make such a by-the-numbers movie? Especially with the Holiday box-office ripe for the taking? Overall, Fury is an average movie with name-brand actors and occasionally impressive special effects- the tank battles are pretty cool. Not one to go out of your way to watch.