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Star­ring Brad Pitt and Lo­gan Ler­man Grant Park, Kil­do­nan Place, McGil­livray, McGil­livray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vi­tal, Towne 14A 135 min­utes

1/2 out of five Ryan, it has been deemed ap­pro­pri­ate as a demon­stra­tion of how trau­ma­tiz­ing the fight­ing could be in a state of to­tal war­fare. To some ex­tent, Ayer ups the ante by ad­dress­ing the un­heroic qual­i­ties of his des­ig­nated he­roes, es­pe­cially War­daddy, a man long past the niceties of rules of en­gage­ment when it comes to Ger­man pris­on­ers. Ayer’s de­pic­tion of men in war flies in the face of Steven Spiel­berg’s sooth­ing “great­est gen­er­a­tion” salu­ta­tions in Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan. Non­stop ex­po­sure to bru­tal­ity bru­tal­izes, as Nor­man learns too well un­der War­daddy’s tute­lage. “Ideals are peace­ful,” he tells Nor­man. “His­tory is vi­o­lent.” Ayer prob­a­bly over­states that case in the film’s too-long 135 min­utes, but the the movie’s at­ten­tion to de­tail and its per­for­mances are im­pres­sive — Pitt of­fers a grounded, re­al­ity-based character, as op­posed to the styl­ized of­fi­cer he played in In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds, and Ler­man and LaBeouf have cer­tainly never been bet­ter. Fury’s vi­o­lence will likely make it a hit as an ac­tion movie, but one still comes away moved by its res­o­nant un­der­cur­rent of tragedy, springing from the vi­o­lence done to the hu­man spirit.


Nor­man (Lo­gan Ler­man) and Boyd (Bi­ble) Swan (Shia LaBeouf) in Fury.

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