Fury … (6/10)
Ever since Steven Spielberg stormed into theaters back in 1998 with the war classic known as ‘Saving Private Ryan’, no other film depicting WWII has even come close to rivaling its dramatic scope and visceral intensity. With ‘Fury’, director David Ayer comes in closer than most other WWII flicks, but not close enough. It’s impossible to not see how much Spielberg’s film influenced this one, but surprisingly, Ayer’s mud-covered, bullet-riddled depiction of the bloodiest war in history has its own unique spirit right from the get-go. Although Ayer kind of beats a dead horse as far as the message of the film goes, it’s clear that he knows what the look and the feel should be. ‘Fury’ is probably best-defined by its staggering cinematography, including well-exectued battle sequences and lingering shots of decimated towns and corpses pancaked by tanks. Along with Ayer’s keen eye for the grim and the grisly, the film also has some career-best work from the five gentlemen packed into the titular tank. In particular, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf stand out incredibly. Overall, the combined efforts of Ayer and his cast do conjure some emotionally hard-hitting moments, but most of them are sadly undermined by a glacial pace. It could use a tighter edit, but in the end, ‘Fury’ still remains a fittingly gritty portrait of war, even though it aims much further than it fires.