Fury

It is April 1945 and the Second World War is coming to an end. However, exhausted soldiers must continue to fight against the Germans as they put up their ‘most fanatical resistance yet’. One weary Sherman tank crew struggles on. Together, they have fought the Germans in Africa, in France, and now they’re in Germany riding a tank called ‘Fury’. At their head is Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt), a battle-hardened Sergeant who is able to command his men’s loyalty. Alongside him are veterans Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia (Michael Peña), Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (Shia LaBeouf) and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis (Jon Bernthal).

When they lose their assistant driver in grizzly fashion they are given a replacement – the naive Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman). Norman is trained as a typist and has only been in the army for eight weeks. He has never even seen the inside of a tank. Now he must enter hell on earth, mentored by Don, who takes him under his wing. Yet no matter how much Don encourages him, or pushes him to his limits, he must learn one hard lesson for himself: ‘Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.’

What are the bigger questions to consider from this film?

1. Is the God of the Bible, a God of justice? (Psalm 37: 27-29, Romans 12:19)

2. What is the view of war in the Bible? (Ecclesiastes 3:8, Matthew 24:6-7)

 

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.