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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published November 1st 2014
5 men who won't give up against the odds
Please note this review contains spoilers.

It's April 1945, one month before the death of Hitler on March 5th.

Hitler has declared total war which means every man, woman and child must take an oath to fight to the death to save the mother land under pain of death. The allies are gradually making their way into the heartland of a devastated Germany.

The film follows 'Fury', an American Sherman tank, [inferior to the Panzer tanks crewed by the hated S.S.] crewed by 5 war hardened men as they fight their way from town to town. They live as if every moment could be their last, and there is an air of invincibility and arrogance about them.

The film opens with a German S.S. Officer slowly walking towards the audience on a magnificent white charger into a muddy field after a battle. In an instant he is killed and the horse is gently unsaddled and released. A tender moment before complete mayhem.

David Ayer, the director, likes to write and direct films about men at their worst. This film is about men at war who are in crisis and are corrupt and/ or criminal. The men work and live in mud, take the law into their own hands, but will still follow orders from above. Not likeable yet somehow it's hard not to get involved in what they do with a sympathetic eye as they kill and kill the enemy.

'I had the best gunner in the army, now I have you'.

Dan 'Wardaddy' Collier, played by Brad Pitt, loses one of his tank crew and is assigned, by a man with a clip board, a new member. Norman, later known as 'machine', has had 8 weeks in the army and trained only to type at 60 words a minute. He joins with these other 4, dehumanised crew members who have been fighting for years. Logan Leman plays Norman convincingly as a sensitive pacifist who too can be turned into a trained killer. During his first field mission he is immobilised by fear and unable to kill the enemy because he says the target was 'only a boy'. The lead tank is destroyed and the crew meet with a horrible death. Wardaddy commits a war crime and in no time Norman is an effective killing machine.

Brad Pitt isn't the only star. Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal match him with convincing performances. The end is gruesome and perhaps predictable, but there is no letup of the tension. The images, music, impressions and the dreadful conditions the soldiers have to live with may stay with you for some time, as they did with me. It is 134 minutes of unforgettable horror, but a reminder of the senseless killing that war is all about.

Special interest, not mentioned in the film. 5 days after the death of Hitler 3 Sherman tanks, together with anti-Nazi German soldiers fought off a S.S. Panzer division who had come to kill the V.I.P prisoners in the Schloss Itter in Austria. A wild story but never the less true.

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