“Fury is an epic that brings war down to a personal level. It’s told through the lives of a tank crew in the final days of the conflict.
The film, written and directed by David Ayer, strives for accuracy and realism, although the plot is pretty improbable.
Not only are the scenes super realistic, the tanks involved are real as well. The production uses a World War II-era German Tiger tank, considered one of the best in the war.
The tank was borrowed from The Tank Museum at Bovington Camp in Dorset, South West England, according to the film producers.
Pitt’s character, a tough, hard-bitten sergeant known as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, rides in another tank specific to the war, the M4A2E8 Sherman. It was the mainstay of allied forces, although this model is an upgraded version with a bigger 76mm cannon.
The crew and their tank, nicknamed “Fury,” are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, where they are out-numbered and out-gunned.
In reality, sending a tank on a solo mission would be highly unlikely. Tanks are extremely vulnerable without infantry support and require a long supply tail to keep them fueled and supplied with spare parts.
Last night, Pitt and other stars of the film walked on stage just before the screening began.
“Hey guys, thanks for coming out,” said Pitt, as his crew took the stage.
“You guys are the first real audience to see this film ever,” added Ayer. “So you’re No. 1. You’re it.”
The film has scored a positive rating (78 percent) among the 32 critics who have seen the film, according to rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
The movie rolls into theaters on Nov. 14.
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