Film Review: Fury

Fury

David Ayer’s Fury is a well executed war film. The action sequences are fantastic, although the film adds little to the genre overall.

As the Allies make their final push in Germany, army sergeant Don Collier leads his small crew on a pivotal but deadly mission. With a rookie soldier, the crew fight against the odds in their mission to defeat the Nazis…

Writer-director David Ayer has constructed a decent film with Fury. In terms of pacing and action, the film is highly effective. The conflict scenes are visceral, tense, and unflinching. There is not much room for sentimentality in Fury, and the film is better for this.

The relentlessness of conflict is a theme that pervades Fury. Through the character of Norman, the inexperienced young soldier, Ayer aims to depict how the frontline will change a person. In this way, Fury can be seen as depicting a microcosm of the wider impact of war.

The table scene is a perfect illustration of the tensions within the crew. The film seems to suggest that this is the result of the confined environment in which they reside, and the pressures of war for long-serving soldiers. The ending of Fury is a little too neat, and goes against the thematic direction of the film.

Collier appears to speak almost solely in soundbites. Elsewhere, dialogue is more realistic, if a bit difficult to understand at times. In the action sequences, the editing and sound design are superb, as are the special effects.

Fury offers good performances from Shia LaBoeuf, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and the rest of the cast. The film sustains the attention and effectively conveys the brutality of conflict. Although it does not offer too much in terms of originality, Fury is a solid war film.

Fury closed the BFI London Film Festival on 19th October 2014.

London Film Festival 2014 – Preview of Coming Attractions

Second Coming

The full programme for the BFI London Film Festival 2014 was announced today, and it is brimming with fascinating artifacts. A total of 245 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, are being screening during the twelve day festival, as well as 148 shorts. Opening the London Film Festival 2014 is The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. The festival closes with David Ayer’s Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. The BFI London Film Festival 2014 runs from 8th-19th October. Here are my picks from the programme…

Men, Women & Children

Following the success of Young Adult and Labor Day, Jason Reitman’s latest film is an adaptation Chad Kultgen’s novel. Focusing on emotional isolation in the digital age, Men, Women & Children features an ensemble cast that includes Jennofer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer. 

Second Coming

Second Coming is Debbie Tucker Green’s directorial debut. The British drama stars Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba as a London-based couple living with their teenage son. Second Coming is one of the film’s shortlisted for the London Film Festival 2014’s First Feature Competition.

Whiplash

Whiplash

Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is about the relationship between a musical prodigy and his teacher. Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film won the Grend Jury and Audience awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Dear White People

Writer-director Justin Simien’s Dear White People is a satire which tackles the issue of race in contemporary America. Set at an Ivy League college, the film concerns a sole-black fraternity which is to be diversified.

White God

A film about a dog. When young Lili goes to stay with her dad, he is not interested in looking after her pet dog Hagen. Deciding to leave the dog at the side of the road, this sets off a eye-opening series of events in director Kornél Mundruczó’s White Dog.

Tickets for the BFI London Film Festival 2014 go on sale to the public on Thursday 18th September 2014. For the full schedule, and details of events, see here.