Gritty, brutal, superbly realised observation on warfare (mud, blood, death) of the first half gives way to something of a Boys Own testosterone-fuelled crusade in the second half but which is nevertheless superior film making of its genre. Doesn’t quite make it to the classic WWII feature it is trying to achieve but is still a darned good attempt.
And the cast is excellent. Brad Pitt as ‘Wardaddy’ is just that, a tough but paternalistic sergeant in charge of keeping his men in line at war’s end and the tank itself, ‘Fury’. Shia LeBeouf (Transformers, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has possibly never been better as weapons man ‘Bible’ while the new, wet-behind-the-ears assistant driver Norman (a convincing Logan Lerman – Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah) adds a much-needed reflective humanity to the proceedings.