The first trailer for Fury released today, giving moviegoers yet another World War II period piece to look forward to. Despite The Monuments Men and other recent war films being fairly lackluster, this one has tanks – pew pew pew. Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch; Sabotage) and starring ragtag cast consisting of Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, and Logan Lerman, Fury will be one to look out for come this fall. Watch the full trailer after the break.
I’m not a fan of period pieces. They typically bore me and I find very little about them to change the perspectives of what we’ve already seen before. However, there are those few movies like 12 Years a Slave or The King’s Speech that can really invigorate, making the genre less stuffy. What’s presented in this trailer is fairly thrilling. I can’t really recall any movies about tank battles.
Ayer has a calculating way of building tension with well written characters and suspense. Wardaddy’s dynamic with his crew and his mission will be something I will pay close attention to as it will be a key differentiator from films like The Thin Red Line or Saving Private Ryan. The cast is very diverse. LeBeouf, Bernthal, Peña, Pitt, and Lerman all come from very different places, and to put them all together as a military unit says a lot about their talents as actors. I am excited to see how well their chemistry works together on screen come October.
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Here’s the plot synopsis for Fury, courtesy of Columbia Pictures:
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Directed by David Ayer, Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.
Fury will be released in theaters on October 17, 2014.
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Source: Columbia Pictures