The last time Brad Pitt starred in a WWII film, he was “killin’ Nazis” in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. In the upcoming Fury, the Oscar-winner once again leads an Allies mission behind enemy lines in the second world war – this time, with a Sherman tank at his disposal, as glimpsed in a featurette for the movie that has released online (see above), following its world premiere at Wargaming.net’s E3 2014 panel. (For continuous E3 coverage, you should head on over to our sister site, Game Rant.)
Written and directed by David Ayer, Fury is described by costar Michael Peña as a “character study with action sequences”; just as intriguing, perhaps, is the substantial amount of practical effects on display in the first footage, even when it comes to the more explosion-riddled sequences in the movies. Not that this should come as any real shock, however, as grittiness and a unpolished visual aesthetic are very much Ayer’s calling cards, as a director.
Similar to how the titular submarine is the primary set piece in Ayer’s script for U-571, the eponymous tank in Fury is (quite literally) the vehicle for staging combat sequences – ones designed to resonate with modern audiences, in terms of their construction. However, as the above featurette reveals, that doesn’t mean lots of handheld camerawork – good news, for those who were left feeling seasick, due to the frantic shooting techniques in such Ayer movies as the partial found-footage End of Watch and this past March’s DEA thriller, Sabotage.
Ayer’s output as a writer only tends to be fairly consistent and usually solid in quality (see: U-571, The Fast and the Furious, Training Day), but his work as a writer/director – for better or worse – generally oscillates back and forth between memorable passion projects and less-satisfying, but (in theory) more commercial genre fare. Fortunately, we’ve already gotten one dunder-headed Ayer movie this year, so we’re due to get a more creatively accomplished film by him – and, judging on what’s been shown thus far, Fury has a decent shot at delivering the goods.
Rounding out the cast of Fury with Pitt and Peña, are such folk as Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street), Logan Lerman (Noah), Shia LaBeouf (Charlie Countryman), Jason Isaacs (Awake), and Scott Eastwood (Trouble with the Curve).
Fury opens in U.S. theaters on November 14th, 2014.