Fury

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(2014) ★★

Sky Movies: PREMIERE Friday 3 July, 3.45pm and 8pm

Fury daubed in white paint on its gun turret, a Sherman tank heads deeper into Germany in the spring of 1945. Despite a misty ‘war horse’ opening and the general prevalence of blood and guts, this isn’t a modern combat classic in the vein of Sam Fuller’s Big Red One or Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. This band of brothers acts more like a bunch of street-corner wiseguys. Even so, they’re good old boys who know their Bible. Brad Pitt is the sergeant dubbed Wardaddy by his battle-weary crew. Each has their own video-game nickname but Jon Bernthal’s Coon-ass surely takes the biscuit. The dialogue’s crummy too, strenuously outswearing Al Pacino’s Scarface. The crude psychological level of David Ayers’ film is as ill-informed in its way as Quentin Tarantino’s vainglorious WWII revision, Inglourious Basterds. Which Brad Pitt knows all about. Fury is not quite the Battle of the Bilge, but it’s close. Everything’s so broadly pitched and played (especially by Bernthal, sporting an ill-advised Three Stooges haircut) that the WWII film it most closely resembles is not Sam Peckinpah’s bitterly twisted Cross of Iron but Spike Lee’s egregiously sentimental Miracle at St Anna.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 135min

 

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