Blinspot 2015: Fury (2014)

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Plot:April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Rating: 9/10

I’m going to keep this as short as I possibly can, because the gushing will be unbearable and irritating for you all at some stage. This movie is AMAZING. For over two hours you are nailed to your seat and drawn into WWII at a stage where the war isn’t quite done yet, and the men on the ground are still battling nonstop with the Nazis, especially aiming to shoot the SS soldiers. Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) and his crew Boyd Shawn (Shia LaBeouf), Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal) and Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) are dealing with the loss of one of their team when they are given Norman (Logan Lerman), a clerk who has been drafted as an assistant driver. Norman is dragged into the warfare he never thought he would enter, and in time he starts seeing Wardaddy not as a monster but someone who takes the task of keeping his men alive very seriously. Facing unspeakable horrors together, Norman quickly finds his guts and becomes part of the team.

The directing is sharp, clear and brutal. It shows how merciless the war was – children hanged for not fighting for Hitler, bodies being driven in by trucks piled on top of each other, men burning alive, starvation and innocent people dying for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is thus more than your average war movie addressing the lives of the brave soldiers (I actually always see that as War Propaganda) – this movie takes you to ground level and reminds you of what the men of the previous generation went through.

The relationship between the characters is intense and intricately portrayed. I couldn’t help but speculate on the intensity of the relationships formed between those four men who have been in the inside of a tank together for three years. At the start of the movie they don’t seem all that close, but the reason is obvious: they are dealing with the death of one of their own. As the movie progresses the sense of brotherhood is really strong and the knowledge that these men are cemented together despite their vastly different characteristics.

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The performances are all top notch, but most notably I would have to say Brat Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf stood out above the rest. Brad Pitt just stunned me by this gut wrenching performance and the layers he added to the character. The grief on his face every time he witnessed more death was excruciating. The battle weary way he carried himself whilst still being the leader was very significant to the success of his role.

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Shia LaBeouf… I am not the world’s biggest fan to his personal life because he wants attention so bad. However, in roles like this and Lawless he reminds me how capable he is as an actor. Boyd “Bible” Shawn was such a sweet man and the horrors of the war reflected so clearly in him. I think that he managed to hold onto his religion all the time during the war was powerful, as I think most men just dump it along the way because they simply see too much to still believe in a higher power.

Logan Lerman had me thinking all the time “What an amazing kid”. That said, he is only two years younger than I am but he seems much younger than the rest of the war weary team members. I felt such sympathy with his character and his struggle to adjust. It’s obvious that he wasn’t planning in being part of the fighting in the war and is by nature a kind person who would rather spare human lives. He is initially treated very roughly by Wardaddy but the reason why makes sense – he needs to toughen up if the others want to survive.

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I’ll just quickly mention that I also really enjoyed Michael Pena and Grady Travis as the remaining two main characters, and really enjoyed seeing faces like Jim Parrack and Scott Eastwood in here.

The story flows well and keeps a good pace – I really couldn’t detect any dip in the story. The ending is magnificent and so suspenseful – I was cringing and yelling and filled with admiration for our boys.

I’m sure it is very obvious that I really enjoyed this film and I am exceptionally glad it was on my Blindspot list! HIGHLY recommended, although sensitive viewers should probably steer clear.

Blindspot Series 2015

Zoë has been really excited about this and I thought I would also compose one after seeing her rather excellent list (I’m very original haha). I really need to watchall of these movies – they all have different reasons as to why I would want to watch them but I need to get cracking and look at them this year. Let me know what you think and which ones you would like to watch, even if they aren’t on the list!!

X-Men: First Class (2011)

IMDb: In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

After loving The Last Stand way too damn much, I really want to see its predecessor and see if this movie also manages to be really in-depth and intense.

Interstellar (2014)

IMDb: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

I’m really not sure if I will like this, but I need to give it a watch. Christopher Nolan’s latest movie is the rage all over town, so even if I don’t end up loving it, I definitely need to explore that venue. I can’t see anything really overtaking Gravity for me, but we will see what we will see, right?

The Godfather (1972)

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IMDb:  The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

This is for keeping friendships alive.

The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

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IMDb: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

This one too. I’ve never really heard a bad word about it though, so I guess it won’t be too much of a problem to watch 😀

Fury (2014)

IMDb: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Once again, I need see if the hype is really all, if it is good but not my style or if I just don’t like it one bit.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

IMDb: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

I actually thought of doing a FTF post for BazLuhrmann movies, but one of my favorite directors doesn’t seem to be all that into directing that often, so I’m rather going to do a week where I explore movies of him. Zoë got me this amazing boxset for Christmas with three of his movies in and I can’t wait to check out this adaption – I really hope it has Luhrmann’s distinctive flamboyant style!

Casablanca (1942)

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IMDb: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

It is shameful that I haven’t seen this classic yet. I remember that once at highschool the school’s biggest jock referred to something in Casablanca and if that absolute weirdo knows what is cracking in a movie that sounds so up my alley I best go see what this is about.

A Good Year (2006)

IMDb: A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

This movie has been on my movie list since it premiered in 2006, and yet I still haven’t seen it. It sounds so lovely and like something I would enjoy.

Invictus (2009)

IMDb: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

I really doubt if I will be moved to tears by an American opinion of one of the greatest moments in South-African sporting history, but I will watch this because even if I don’t like it I will gladly bitch about it for years after 😀

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

IMDb:  A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Reasons to watch this:

1) Woody Allen directed it and he directed Midnight in Paris, and that may be one of my favorite artsy films, ever

2) Emma Stone

3) Colin Firth

4) ‘nuff Said

The Prestige (2006)

IMDb: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Zoë is always telling me about this movie and then I forget the name and then the cycle repeats itself and… it is a very bad cycle you know. It sounds pretty good, all around happy reviews, I love movies about magic and stuff, so I think this is a must watch for 2015.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

IMDb: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Yeah, I am deeply ashamed to say I haven’t seen this yet. I will watch it for obvious reasons, as well as seeing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in full 80’s gear (hopefully) ad with delightfully awkward hair styles.

Well then, there you have my list. Let me know what you think!!