Immersion anticipates Fury
Writer/ director David Ayer’s (End of Watch, Sabotage) latest motion picture is a different pace than his usual intense, present-day action/ dramas. In Fury, the talented filmmaker takes audiences back to a day in the life of a tank squad deep behind enemy lines in 1945 Europe toward the war’s close. Brad Pitt stars as yet another WWII squad leader, however less over-the-top than Lt. Aldo Raine. Shia LaBeouf makes his first domestic wide release since Lawless after spending the last year in what the actor recently referred to as an “existential crisis.” Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the Percy Jackson series) steps up to big league acting, serving protagonist duties in a World War II film with Pitt, LaBeouf, Michael Peña (Gangster Squad, End of Watch), and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, “The Walking Dead”). Several industry gurus placed Fury on awards season radar, citing Pitt and LaBeouf’s performance as terrific along Ayer’s writing. With its wide release upcoming, Immersion looks at the top ten films about militarism/ conflict during the last World War. While Casablanca, Atonement, Grave of the Fireflies, The Pianist, Schindler’s List, The Reader, Australia,and Life is Beautiful have the same time-frame and setting, their plots respectively focus on more of an anti-war message than combat depiction.