Producers: Bill Block, John Lesher, Alex Ott, Ethan Smith, Brad Pitt, David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman,Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood
Plot Synopsis: Towards the end of the European campaign a five man tank crew loses a member in a skirmish and are forced to take an untrained army clerk and turn him into a killing machine.
Brian Godawa is one of my go to people for movie reviews so when I read his movie review about Fury (Fury~movie review) I thought that I was about to see something on par with Saving Private Ryan, Bridge on the River Kwai or Band of Brothers, maybe even something like Sergeant York. So when I saw Fury I wondered if maybe there was another movie by the same name. Where was this “Manly Christianity” that he said was present in this movie?
So I was, upset, disappointed, and more than a little angry in fact I didn’t want to write this review at all. So I shelved it. Then after I cooled down, months after I had first saw the movie I decided to watch it again. My thoughts were I knew what was going to happen so I can’t be surprised again but maybe I can actually see something I failed to see the first time.
So in watching it a second time I came on two quotes:
Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan: Wait until you see it.
Norman Ellison: See what?
Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan: What a man can do to another man.
Wardaddy: Ideals are peaceful. History is violent
This sums up the entire movie there is no just war philosophy here it is a simple kill the enemy until by any means until the enemy surrenders. In fact what this mostly reminded me of was that part in Habakkuk where God says:
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
And that is this tank crew a ruthless and impetuous people determined to sweep everyone under the tread of the tank, and I am not being metaphoric here.
Fury does illustrates God using unrighteous people for his righteous deeds, in this case the defeat of the Germans during the second world war.
But ultimately when you watch Fury you will see profane, ruthless, non-God fearing men engaged in a brutal war upon an enemy that is even more profane, ruthless and non-God fearing.
I still can’t recommend this movie even though you have characters like Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan and even Wardaddy quoting the bible and in some cases Boyd praying with dying men that doesn’t balance out the actions of the characters.
Fury still gets “no star” for this movie.