Brad Pitt is one of the biggest actors of our time, so it’s not often that one of his movies flies under the radar. However, that’s exactly what happened with 2014’s Fury. Fury is an underrated Pitt film that features a strong performance from the actor, great cinematography and battle scenes, and great performances from the rest of the cast. If you missed this one when it was first released, you’re in luck. Fury is currently cracking the top ten streaming movies on IMDb TV and you can stream it for completely free.
Fury stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collie, a Sergeant who commands a Sherman tank in World War II. The crew of the tank is rounded out by the tank driver Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), the tank gunner Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), the tank loader Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), and the inexperienced tank assistant driver/loader Norman “Machine” Ellison (Logan Lerman). The film is definitely unique amongst World War II films, as you don’t normally follow the crew of a tank, and it’s interesting to see what they go through and how these machines of war were used.
In addition to being a great Brad Pitt film, Fury is also one of director David Ayer’s best efforts. David Ayer strove for realism and authenticity, depicting the brutality of war and the realistic daily lives of tank crews. He even put his cast through hell to get the picture he wanted. Ayer had his cast prepare for four months to accurately portray their characters. First, he had them go through a week-long Navy Seal boot camp. The actors also were required to live in a tank for an extended period of time, eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom in there. Plus, he even encouraged the actors to insult each other and spar often. While these measures may have been extreme, it seems like everyone has their process.
As far as box office success and critical reception, the over-the-top preparation appeared to pay off. The film was a box office success, pulling in around $211 million against a budget of $68 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 76% rating from critics and an 84% rating from audiences. Overall, the film is well-liked and made the studios a good bit of money. It may be an underrated Brad Pitt film, but it at least performed up to expectations when it was first released.
While Fury is well in Brad Pitt’s rearview mirror at this point, he’s still doing a ton of projects as an actor and producer in the near future. In fact, you can see him in a new movie incredibly soon, as he’s co-starring in The Lost City which hits theaters on March 25. Apparently, Pitt’s role is going to be more of a cameo, with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe leading the show. The movie tells the story of a romance novel author and her cover model getting kidnapped and lost in the jungle.
Once summer hits, we’ll get to see Brad Pitt team up again with his Fury co-star Logan Lerman in Bullet Train, which hits theaters on July 29. The movie is about five assassins on a train who learn they all have a similar objective. Pitt plays one of the assassins, named Ladybug. The cast also includes the aforementioned Lerman, Pitt’s The Lost City co-star Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara, and many more. David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) handles directing duties.
Finally, at the beginning of next year, we should get to see Brad Pitt in the next Damien Chazelle movie Babylon. Babylon has no plot details yet, but it has a star-studded cast that includes Olivia Wilde, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire, Jean Smart, Eric Roberts, and more. So, if Fury isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you should have plenty more Brad Pitt films to look forward to in the near future.
However, if Fury does sound like your cup of tea, it’s definitely worth the watch. It’s a unique side of World War II that isn’t always depicted, and everyone involved puts forth a great effort. Stream it for free while it’s still available if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare.