Review: Brad Pitt Screams From the Belly of a Tank in Bloody WWII Drama 'Fury'

October 10, 2014 5:14 PM

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"Fury" is set April 1945, as the Allies finish off Nazi Germany, but the movie’s period matters less than its mood, which it thrusts forward with the mechanical intensity of the tanks at the story's center. Writer-director David Ayer’s brash, assaultive Brad Pitt drama manages some evocative imagery and achieves visceral impact by enacting a hellacious atmosphere that never lets up — but Ayer takes the mission too literally, and winds up literally lost in the fog of war.

The failings of "Fury" come early on, when an opening shot that finds a Nazi soldier riding a white horse through the smoldering wreckage of American tanks. Out of the shadows jumps knife-wielding sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Pitt). The scene, like many others following it, contains a grotesque,...

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