Fury is directed and written by David Ayer, and starring Brad Pitt (“Wardaddy”) and Shia LaBeouf (“Bible”) as part of a five man crew of a Sherman tank called “Fury”. It is April 1945 in Germany, nearing the end of World War II, and the war-weary Army Sergeant (Pitt) has taken under his wing a young replacement in his crew, Norman (actor Logan Lerman), whose only experience in the war has been as a typist. The movie instantly throws you into the despair, determination, and comradery of Fury’s crew as the reality and violence of the war unfold through the eyes of young Norman.
Having a strong Christian theme, Brad Pitt was believable and impressive as the hardened yet compassionate leader of his crew. Some of the supporting cast seemed to be a bit of a Hollywood stereotype, and one particular scene involving two German women seemed to linger on and on with unrealistic reactions and dialogue. However, the truly great performance of the film was Shia LaBeouf as the devoted Christian crewmember. LeBeouf was compelling and dynamic and anchored the film in its message. I did notice however the lack of dialogue regarding American patriotism not mentioned in the film, which I feel would have been relevant in the mind of our soldiers. All in all, the film was captivating, moving and a surprise from most Hollywood war movies.
As a side note, I would like to mention the recent antics of actor Shia LaBeouf. A close Christian friend of mine had been a strong part of his life as a child actor and young adult. She and her husband had recently retired from the business. Since that time, I have seen Shia LaBeouf’s life deteriorate and felt empathy (not for him), but for my friend and her husband who thought of him as a son. Seeing him in this role I can’t help but think perhaps their influence helped his insight into this character and his brilliant portrayal of a Christian soldier may give them some peace and closure.