Furyis an atmospheric WW2 drama set during the final weeks of the European theatre of World War II. The allies are pushing deeper into Germany when the Nazis suddenly launch a brutal counter-attack.
Tank commander Don Collier (Brad Pitt) and his U.S. Sherman tank crew must fend off the German advance which threatens to engulf the Americans.
Nicknamed Fury, the Sherman tank moves deeper into Germany where the men face overwhelming odds as they battle through their deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Under the supervision of the battle-hardened army sergeant Don ‘Wardaddy' Collier (Brad Pitt), the five man crew is made up of gunner Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), loader Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), driver Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), and bow gunner “Red”, all of whom have fought together since the North African campaign.
When Red is killed he is replaced by private Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), a rookie soldier thrust into war with no combat experience. And it's his inexperience that threatens the Fury crew when he hesitates under fire.
A now traumatised Norman must get to grips with the intensity of fighting in WWII as the platoon makes its final push into the heart of Nazi Germany.
Is Fury Worth Watching?
Tank movies are pretty thin on the ground, so Fury is a welcome addition to the genre. However, it never breaks any new ground and the dialogue can be clunky at times.
Having said that, at its core, it's still and very good war movie in the traditional sense. If you liked Greyhound or Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks, Band Of Brothers and Hacksaw Ridge you won't be disappointed by Fury.
The battle scenes are gripping and intense and the cramped setting of the tanks add an extra element of tension to the proceedings.
The film takes on the historical limitations of the U.S. Sherman tank when faced with its main rival – the heavily armoured Königstiger (King Tiger) as a Sherman’s shell would simply bounce harmlessly off it.
The film does a good job of capturing the problems faced by U.S. tank crews during the war.
What Was The Tank In Fury?
Fury does an excellent job of recreating the last few weeks of WWII. Clearly, a lot of work went into making sure the uniforms, weapons and tanks used were authentic to that period of history.
The film featured a genuine Tiger 131, the last surviving operational Tiger I. Allegedly, it was the first time since the film They Were Not Divided (1950) that a real Tiger tank was used on a film set.
Ten working M4 Sherman tanks were used. The Sherman tank Fury was played by an M4A3 HVSS Sherman tank named RON/HARRY.
Where Was Fury Filmed?
The film was shot in the United Kingdom, partly due to the availability of working World War 2-era tanks, many of which are owned by The Tank Museum at Bovington, England.
Where Can I Watch Fury Online?
Fury was released in 2014 by Sony Pictures and in the heady days of tv watching, before the online streaming platforms took over, it was available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Now, of course, you can watch it online. It is not currently available on Netflix but it is available on Amazon Prime if you have a subscription.
If not, you can either rent or buy it on the streaming platform.
Who Is In The Cast Of Fury?
The exact story portrayed in Fury may be fictional but Director David Ayer still managed to create parallels of the experience of several real Allied tankers.
Playing the roles of the crew and their heroic attempts on a deadly mission is no easy task so a few acting powerhouses were needed to play the hopelessly outnumbered allied forces soldiers on their final push to end the war.
Very well acted, the main cast of Fury is as follows:
Brad Pitt as First Sergeant Donald “Don” “Wardaddy” Collier, tank commander
Shia LaBeouf as Boyd “Bible” Swan, tank gunner
Logan Lerman as Norman “Machine” Ellison, tank assistant driver/bow gunner
Michael Peña as Trinidad “Trini” “Gordo” García, tank driver
Jon Bernthal as Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis, tank loader
Jason Isaacs as Captain Waggoner
Brad Henke as Staff Sergeant Davis
Jim Parrack as Staff Sergeant Binkowski
Xavier Samuel as First Lieutenant Parker
Scott Eastwood as Sergeant Miles
Kevin Vance as Staff Sergeant Peterson
Anamaria Marinca as Irma and Alicia von Rittberg as Emma, two German women the crew meets along the way.