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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.