Fury

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent but very powerful tale of WWII tank crew.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 134 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie is largely about teamwork and working together -- although friction among the five men always leads to imbalance and fighting. But the movie also leads viewers to ponder the horrors of war and the wartime attitude that it's perfectly OK to kill your enemies, even if they're human beings with families.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are skilled, confident soldiers, and they work together as a team, fighting for their country. But since the movie takes place during the final months of WWII, the killing seems more wasteful and damaging than it does heroic. Even though these men may be heroes, parents may want to think twice before offering them up as role models.

Violence

Shocking, realistic violence. Heavy shooting, and high-powered weapons blow off soldiers' heads and limbs. Blood runs everywhere, in splatters and streams. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dead bodies shown; piles of bodies are bulldozed out of the way, and tanks run over dead bodies in the mud. A rookie is made to clean up a bloody mess inside the tank, which includes half of a man's face lying in a puddle of blood. Nazis use children in battle; some are killed. A character is killed with a knife. Dead, hanged bodies are shown. A woman is briefly shown slicing up the carcass of a horse.

Sex

An American soldier and a German girl disappear into a bedroom for consensual sex. They kiss, but nothing else is shown. Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is shown shirtless. Occasional strong verbal sexual innuendo. Pinup pictures (non-nude) are occasionally shown inside the tank and in other places.

Language

Strong language includes several uses of "f--k," plus "son of a bitch," "s--t," "bastard," "a--hole," "t-ts," "motherf----r," "p---y," "whore," and "c--ksucker."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke cigarettes regularly (accurate for the time period). Characters share a green bottle of what looks to be whisky, taking huge slugs from the bottle. The bodies of several wealthy Germans are shown lying among many open bottles; they're said to have got "drunk as lords" and then killed themselves.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fury is an extremely violent World War II drama about a tank crew stationed in the middle of Germany during the final months of the war. Heads and legs are shot off, gruesome body parts are shown, and there's lots of splattering, flowing blood and hundreds (or possibly even thousands) of dead bodies. A young American soldier disappears into a bedroom with a German girl; they're shown kissing, and sex is implied, but nothing is shown. The men exchange plenty of strong innuendo, and some non-nude girly pictures are shown. Language is quite salty, with several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," etc. Characters occasionally smoke cigarettes in a background way (accurate for the '40s setting), and in one scene, they share a bottle of what looks like whisky. The movie -- which stars Brad Pitt -- manages to be dramatic and exciting without being preachy, and older teens and parents may come away with their own ideas of what war is really about.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEeezee November 1, 2014

Overprotection will not help kids to grow up healthily

Although every parent wants to protect the children and make them stay away from violent or bloody contents. However, I come from the city, which is best known... Continue reading
Adult Written byPopcorn25 February 17, 2015

Intense

Fury really stuck in my mind. It is a disturbing story of the horrors of battle. There is a lot of fighting, people been shot and blown up, constant use of the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygiratalkialga October 29, 2014

Good but quite violent; not for younger teenagers or kids/tweens

(WARNING: spoilers ahead - proceed with caution) You can probably tell by the rating and theme that this isn't the most family-friendly film, but remember... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDominic AdM October 24, 2015

Age 11 and up

It`s an awesome movie and not very brutal. It`s more because it actually happend. They swear a lot and smoke too. But that shouldn`t consern anybody. Anyway U s... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the final days of World War II, American tank crews are stationed deep within Germany, just barely hanging on until the war ends. Commander "Wardaddy" (Brad Pitt) has a gift for keeping his men alive -- although they recently lost one, and a rookie (who's been trained for office work), Norman (Logan Lerman), is ordered to join them. At first, the rest of the crew (Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal) resents him. But after a series of attacks and battles, small victories and big losses, they eventually bond and learn how to work together and respect one another. They're put to the ultimate test when their tank hits a land mine, and they end up stranded in enemy territory.

Is it any good?

The cinematography and editing here are striking. Ayer color codes the bullets' paths so that incoming and outgoing are easily identified, and the interior workings of the cramped tank are given remarkable clarity without the use of explanatory dialogue. The device of the "rookie" character is a little worn, but then this entire movie harkens back to a simpler age, when war movies were made by tough guys; when they feel pain, it really matters.

Though he has a few duds on his resume, writer/director David Ayer is best known as the writer of Training Day and the writer/director of End of Watch, two movies that focus on the detail-rich workday of cops on the street. After a pause for a disappointing action flick, Sabotage, he's back in that same vein with the FURY. And rather than using his small, focused story to heavily underline themes about the horrors of war, Ayer simply follows characters and moments, letting viewers draw their own conclusions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fury's extreme violence. How realistic is it, and how does that affect you? How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to what you might see in a horror or superhero movie? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to show the violence in this way?

  • Why do we watch war movies? What lessons are there to be learned today about a war that happened many decades ago?

  • How do the characters cope with being in such an extreme, horrific situation? Do they react in negative ways? Positive ways? Would you consider any of them role models?

  • How much teamwork is shown here? How do the characters work together? When do they not work together, and how does it affect the team?

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