Since its announcement last year, I have been waiting patiently for Fury. This film would be the second 2014 release from writer/director David Ayer, the first being the March’s Schwarzenegger vehicle Sabotage: a film that was critically panned, but I happened to like its over the top, yet disgusting gritty violence. For those who do not know, Ayer became famous for writing Training Day, The Fast & the Furious; he has also gone on to direct End of Watch and the highly underrated Harsh Times.
Fury boasts an amazing cast of Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Michael Peña. And as the trailer shows it is about a tank crew stuck behind enemy lines, which is enough of a cliché, but it also has ‘the one crew saves all’ and ‘the new recruit who knows nothing’ story lines. Furthermore, the preview contains several cringe-inducing moments that can be blamed on the added cheese that results from being a studio war film: even Saving Private Ryan was bookended by that, so I will give Fury a pass on this.
In the end, I am an unapologetic fan of David Ayer and will see pretty much anything he does: even the crap like Dark Blue. So needless to say, my butt will be in the seat on November 14. Again, while the trailer did not give me the highest expectations, the fact that it is an Ayer property has me semi-excited for this drama.
Though I do not believe this has any chance to be an awards contender, I think this Brad Pitt World War II vehicle has the potential to attract some big box office numbers on a less crowded weekend. Unfortunately, it is being released the same weekend as Dumb and Dumber To and Oscar contender Foxcatcher. Obviously that does not bode well for Ayer’s tank drama, which could be his second bomb of the year: Sabotage grossed $17 million internationally on an alleged $35 million production budget. Either way, the public will see how Fury will fare in November.