I’ve recently watched Fury. It’s not a new movie, but since Rushka is 50 years late compared to the West, I’ve just seen a very recent film. Fury directed by David Ayer is a story about a tank crew fighting on the Western front in 1944-1945. I am not a military expert and I didn’t even serve in the armed forces, but I have read articles and books on the theme since it’s one of my hobbies. So, when I watched the movie there were a lot of things, which I didn’t like and which seem to me very unrealistic. Let me know if you agree or disagree with me and whether I am wrong.
1. Americans are portrayed as rambos, who nonscope everybody on their way. Don’t think that I am some sort of American-hating jerk. American soldiers and marines are very courageous and able fighters. But, anyhow in the film this looks just too hollywoody. Brad Pitt, Shane from The Walking Dead and everyone around seem to enjoy the war and play their roles trying to show how badass the American soldiers were. In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse 5 there’s a very different image of an American soldier: a trembling, scared, cold and hungry boy willing to survive. There was draft in the US during the WW2, so I don’t think that everyone was so cheerful and Rambo like in the film.
2. A lot of ‘deep’ phrases and philosophical conversations. “Ideals are peaceful. History is violent”. Well, that’s Hollywood too. I don’t think that after you’ve been smoked by some Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann for 9 weeks (or 12 if you are a Marine), brushed shit off the heads and had to touch your food with fingers dirty of crap you’ll save some brains to have philosophical conversations and give deep quotes. I’ve read that the military folk are very simple, laconic and humble, so there’s hardly any chance that active duty soldier will engage in philosophical conversations with his crew.Sgt. Collier’s talks are too pathetic for a military person
3. Tracers (doesn’t count for tank machine guns). Both sides in the film use tracers all the fucking time! As far as I know they 1) unveil your position 2) make your weapon dirty. Why the hell should German artillerists use tracers after they’ve put a bunch of camo on the gun to hide it? It’s kind of illogical. “Here we are. Please, shoot us from the tank”. That looks plain stupid. And moreover, just imagine how often will they have to clean their weapons if they use tracer ammunition all the time!
4. Sergeant Brad Pitt is using Stg.44. Ok, I am not sure about this one, but I’ve read that in the US military you get a gun and are responsible to keep it clean, operating and with you! If you loose the gun you’re in a world of shit. In the film Sergeant Brad Pitt is using Stg.44 instead of Thompson machine gun or Grizzly or anything else. Maybe during WW2 the regulations were different, but it looks weird. I’ve read that if a group of soldiers is on task, then everyone will have the same gun, because if he runs out of ammo or gets it broken the others will be able to help him out. I don’t think that in the end of the war Stg.44 was a very common assault rifle among the Germans. So, where would Sergeant Pitt have found ammo if he ran out of it?
5. Germans are portrayed as idiots. Well, that’s a normal thing in all the war films. The directors either work for ZOG (joking) and try to portray German soldiers as imbeciles, or they are just retards themselves. In the scene, when the tank gets out of order the filmmakers have failed miserably: a bunch of German soldiers approach the tank from the front (well, tanks can’t have any machine guns, which could easily kill a lot of people, can’t they?). They are all pressed one against another like if they were in Moscow metro in rush hour (that’s what every soldier knows: if there’s a possible threat you should all press one against another. Aha?) Instead of dispersing and finding a fighting position, they wait till one soldier approaches the tank to find out. He, like a total moron, wide opens the lid and gets a bullet right in his head. What the hell? A fucking American tank stands in the middle of the road still smoking! What kind of an asshole one should be to put his head inside? Any soldier even without experience would have thrown a grenade first. It’s a golden rule of a soldier: first comes the grenade, then you. Actually, that’s where the film must have ended: German soldier slightly opens the lid, throws the grenade inside and then they remove the burned and bleeding bodies of Tyler Durden, Shia LaBoeuf, Shane from the Walking Dead, Peña and that other guy. But Hollywood stuck to the rule: portray Germans as idiots (even though Prussia had a very long history of militarism, German Empire could fight the rest of the world and don’t get destroyed in WW1 and Wehrmacht being the most technically advanced military force in the world during WW2), so them Krauts watch in the lid like if it was a fucking TV! Then, also in this very episode there’s a cliché scene when a ruthless German officer with a Lueger in his hand sends his soldiers to die assaulting the tank. Wehrmacht since 1941 had terrible shortage of manpower, so that even Hitler said that ‘we care about every soldier’s life’. During the American Civil War General Robert E. Lee was criticized for heavy losses. So, if there are problems with manpower, why the hell would an officer waste so many lives to take over a fucking tank!? And where are the Panzerfaust?
6. Hanging out with civilians. I strongly doubt that American soldiers were allowed to enter without any reason into the houses of civilians to chat with local girls and to demonstrate Brad Pitt’s nude torso. First, it’s dangerous: they might be loyal to the enemy and will try to poison food or try to kill them in any other way. Second, it may provoke hostility from their part if the GI’s are entering in the civilian houses with women. Third, from the literature I’ve read, soldiers didn’t have so much time to just sit and chat with civilians. If they were not on the base, then they were on a mission, which means: they had stuff to do. If it’s “search and destroy”, they had to clean the house and then retire. If it’s “hold the position”, then they had to remove the furniture, the inhabitants and prepare to fight. I can’t believe they could have so much time to chat and drink tea with the civilians!
7. Articles of War and International Law violations. Of course, the Allies committed a lot of war crimes, but when Brad Pitt kills for no reason POWs without even questioning them (thus, not getting important info), that looks weird. Military Law is a complicated thing, where I lack sufficient knowledge. But, still Pitt’s actions look illegal and smell like someone has to be court-martialed.
8. Sergeant Pitt hates SS. Well, it’s BS. Why does he? Maybe because now it is politically correct to hate SS? By the way, is he ok with Wehrmacht then? That looks like a cliché, because most of the allied propaganda was aimed against German military as a whole or even against the very German nation. So, Sgt. Pitt hating Schutzstaffeln looks weird. If he had some particularly negative attitude towards, let’s say, artillerists because they killed his friend; that would have looked much more realistic.
9. Notice to Board of Inquiry. Close to the final scene Sgt. Durden de facto forces four other soldiers to stay and defend the tank, though there’s no need for that: the position is not valuable, the tank is out of order and there’s a possibility to fall back. Due to his actions he is liable for the unnecessary death of three servicemen.
10. Injuries are too hollywoody. In the final scene the sniper shoots Sgt. Pitt 3 times. One of the bullets hits him in the chest. Instead of crying, yelling of pain, shitting himself and drowning in his own blood (as it should have been) he is able to get in tank and give a lecture to Norman. It’s very unrealistic.
11. “Opa, wo sind die deutsche Soldaten?” This scene is a total BS. Snipers normally act in a team. They have to be very careful finding the position. They have to be careful choosing the aim (e.g. sniper will rather shoot an officer than a private). In this scene Germans are again portrayed as idiots. I don’t believe that being a retard was a requirement for a German sniper. Who would ever shoot a civilian instead of the tank commander to reveal his position to a fucking tank cannon and thus put his comrades in danger!?
12. Shooting POWs. Sgt. Pitt orders to shoot an SS officer even though he is a POW. Did he have authority to? Why didn’t he question him? Even his order sounded like a cliché.
13. Sgt. Pitt’s body. I’ve read interviews with the Ukrainian soldiers, who defended the Donetsk Airport. They said that when you’re constantly in action you don’t care about food and water and sleep. You only care about your comrades and enemy fire. Thus, your body looses water and weight. Them real soldiers look ‘dry’ and very skinny. Sgt. Collier in contrary looks like he’s hitting the gym five times a week and has a rich diverse diet. I strongly doubt that soldiers looked like this during the war. Making Brad Pitt pose with naked torso seems to be a tradition.
15. Sgt. Pitt doesn’t know warfare survival. I maybe wrong, but after an artillery fire one should wait for 5-15 minutes depending on the weapon to understand if the fire is over. In the film, once the final shell hits the ground Collier jumps out of the cover and catwalks over the bombed square like if there’s no threat to be hit by the fragments of the next shelling.
16. The way they shoot. In the very beginning when the column is attacked by Hitlerjugend Collier fires bursts from his Stg.44. I’ve read that soldiers fire single shots, as it helps to keep precision and not to waist too much ammo.
17. Ideological portrait of soldiers. Collier looks like John Wayne or a Soviet comsomolets. Too brainwashed. It seems to me that on the war most of the soldiers don’t give a shit about ideology. They care about cigarettes, booze, food, taking a dump, finding a prostitute or, if they have a GF or a spouse, – writing home. A veteran will go nuts if he’ll care about the ideological justification of war. Each time you support or resist any political theory you waist energy and mental force. On the war one gives 300% of both of them. I think that most of the American soldiers in WW2 if asked: “why are you here?” would have answered: “Cuz I wuz given an order”. I strongly doubt that some farmer boy from Wyoming would know anything about Hitler and the complexity of European political processes of the time.
18. Stielhandgranate explodes 5 seconds after the pin is removed. Not 12.
In spite of all of that, the film is OK. It has a lot of positive moments: the uniforms, tanks, and milieu. It looks rich. Fury is a fine film to watch. Just don’t take it seriously. And, yeah, correct me if I am wrong.
P.S.: some of the pics are not mine, but it’s fair use, so thank you 🙂