Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

logoDirector: David Yates

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Timothy Spall, Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, John Hurt, David Thewlis, Domhnall Gleeson

 

Plot: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Harry Potter and the Fellowship of the Wands

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One starts by showing the wizard council preparing for anything making the people away they are still going to be safe. To be sure Hermione (Watson) erases her memory from here mortal parents. We see Lord Voldemort (Fiennes) and his followers planning to find and kill Harry Potter (Radcliffe). To help protect Harry the defence arranges for a select through the turn into a Harry Potter to confuse the dark lord, with the real Harry heading off with Hagrid (Coltrane). Upon their escape the order is attacked having causalities including a very trusty friend of Harry’s.

Even through the dark times we have a wedding for the Weasley brother and at this wedding Harry learns more about his old friend Dumbledore. Darkness falls on the wedding leaving Harry, Ron (Grint) and Hermione escaping to London. Each step leading to a new danger the three friends most choose their steps wisely. Harry must go back into his past to find the answers to the questions which will help him defeat Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One enters into the world that we have been into for years now. We go to the darkest levels we have had since the series started and we take away the school element of the film. Even though this film relies on yet more building and focuses on the friendship a lot more that we have had in previous years. On the negatives we do lack the amount of villain activity as we only see an opening scheming and a few attacks my goons. It might be part spoiler here but it was good to finally see the villains have the opener hand at the end of the film. This is good build and does take the film into a different direction than we have been going with the adventure the three go on. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter with everyone after him Harry has to watch his own friends sacrifice and risk their own lives so he can complete his mission and stop Lord Voldemort. Daniel gives a good performance showing the power that is needed in the character. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione long-time friend of Harry’s who joins in the quest even if it strains the relationship with Ron. Emma does a good job and finally gets a bigger role and shines in it. (8/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron worried about all his loved ones he questions his place in the quest leaving the other two alone but he does make his return when it is most needed. Rupert gives a good performance and shows a much serious side to his character. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One has a large supporting cast but in the end they don’t come along or get involved as much as previous times.

 

Director Review: David Yates – David does a good job showing the good guys preparing for a final battle with the dark lord. (8/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One shows a good sense of adventure throughout for our heroes. (9/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One this would be harder to suggest watching with younger family members but can be enjoyed by the old children. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One keeps its elements of fantasy high level which works for the whole story. (9/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One keeps us guessing on who is the ones they can trust and who they can’t. (9/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One uses new settings by not including Hogwarts also doesn’t seem missed. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One fails to use the extra special effects which works because the ones being used work well. (9/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One would be one to watch as long as you have seen the rest, this may not be one that can be picked up without seeing the rest. (Series Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The adventure between the friends comes off well.

Worst Part: Not enough of what the villains are up too.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 7 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars

Box Office: $960 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Tagline: The Hunts Begins

 

Overall: Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings

Rating 80

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

logoDirector: David Yates

Writer: Michael Goldenberg (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton

 

Plot: With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Battle Is Coming

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix starts by Harry (Radcliffe) getting bullied by his cousin before getting attack by two getting attacked by two dementors. Fighting them off leads Harry to get expelled from Hogwarts while he is still dealing with the nightmares of what happened with Cedric. Harry does get rescued from his human home by Moody (Gleeson) and taken to meet up with his friends, where he learns of the Order of the Phoenix who come together to protect against Voldemort. Harry has to go to a hearing to decide whether he can return to Hogwarts. Harry does get its expulsion over turned he returns to Hogwarts with a war approaching.

Harry has to deal with the other students who question what really happened with Cedric but his friends Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) stay loyal to him. The teachers who have joined (yes more teacher changes) are selected by the Witches Council who are out to show Harry as a liar and expose Dumbledore (Gambon). The new dark arts professor Dolores Umbridge (Staunton) is out to change the school and stopping the wizards from learning to fight back against any evil that comes their way. Harry ends up trying to teach his classmates to defend themselves much against the new rules put in place at the school. With the school divided Harry learns who he can trust and who he will have to battle against.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, continues on from the last one with the consequences having an effect on the world we have got to know. We show the sides starting to be drawn up in the battle along with the personal battle between good and evil going on inside Harry. This once again returns to the building up to the bigger battle showing each side preparing and even though we have a battle in the end it is just a test to see how each side is doing with the battles. It is a solid builder to the next chapter but it would be nice to see the bad guys get the final word for once much like Star Wars did. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter after surviving his first encounter with Voldemort he has to help the students get ready for a battle against the dark lord but he has to do this in secret while learning about the dangers that may lie ahead. Daniel continues to improve in the role that is showing a higher level of maturity in his performance. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione while she helps Harry find the motivation to stand up for what he believes in she also learns more about her own powers. Emma gives a good supporting performance that seems to be getting small as each film unfolds. (7/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron as the trusty friend of Harry he helps Harry stand up to the other students who doubt him. Much like Emma, Ron’s performance was good for a supporting role which is getting smaller. (7/10)

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Imelda Staunton: Dolores Umbridge part of the Wizard’s Council who becomes the head teacher at Hogwarts and tries to change everything that the students learn. Imelda gives a good performance as the very unlikable teacher. (9/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix introduces yet more character that all end up helping the next chapter of the story unfold, this does have side effects because the regular characters seem to be getting less screen time.

 

Director Review: David Yates – David does a good job directing what is the build-up to what will be a bigger battle in the future. (8/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues the adventure side to the story that we have all got to know. (9/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is starting to sway towards the older family and losing the appeal to the younger children. (8/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix keeps us in the world on fantasy throughout. (9/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix offers up a solid level of mystery as we are not sure who is on what side. (8/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix uses the best settings it can making everything feel very authentic throughout. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix uses good special effects but sadly you can see how much CGI has gone into them. (7/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix should be watched by the fans of the series but by now it will be too late to pick up in the middle. (Watch After The Rest)

 

Best Part: Magic training.

Worst Part: CGI lets it down again.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 5 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 BAFTAs

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $940 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 19 Minutes

Tagline:  The Rebellion Begins

 

Overall: Battles Lines Drawn

Rating 90

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

logoDirector: Mike Newell

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, David Tennant, Timothy Spall, Robert Pattinson, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson

 

Plot: Harry finds himself mysteriously selected as an under-aged competitor in a dangerous tournament between three schools of magic.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: It Just Got Real

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire starts by showing Peter Pettigrew (Spall) and Bartemius jr (Tennant) conspiring with Lord Voldemort. We then flash to the Harry (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) as they go on an journey with the Weasley family along with the Diggory’s who include Cedric (Pattinson) they go to the Quidditch world cup before things get out of hand and chaos happens when Lord Voldemort’s creatures attack. Hogwarts are hosting the tri-wizard tournament bring three different schools together for one of the most deadly tournament known to wizards.

While returning to Hogwarts we have yet more teacher changes with Professor Alastor ‘Madeye’ Moody (Gleeson) taking over the dark magic role making it fourth teacher in four years. When the names of the students get announced the over 17s rule seems to have be changed by someone to allow Harry to enter. Harry and Ron’s friendship is tested when Harry gets selected as no one seems to believe him when he says he didn’t put his name forward. Harry must compete in the tournament which will put him to the test against creatures he has never met before.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finally puts the first punch in giving us a genuine shock reveal of the infamous Voldemort. We have been waiting for this for three previous films and now we know what Harry will be up against. The rest of the story is good because it shows the difficulties that this aged teenagers start to struggle with. The tournament adds some much needed excitement which pulls us in the want to watch everything unfold. This is the best so far of all the stories I have seen in the series. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter our lead wizard who has entered the fourth year at Hogwarts, he is haunted by a dream while competing in the Tri-Wizard tournament. Daniel gives a good performance and perhaps his best so far in the series. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione the young witch who along with her friends tries to help Harry through the tournament along with the growing up process a young lady goes through with boys. Emma gives a good performance showing she has been improve her skills but also takes a backburner to the main story. (7/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron questions his friend Harry entering the tournament but soon comes to his sense and along with Harry struggles to get to grips with girls. Rupert gives a good performance but much like Emma is only supporting. (7/10)

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Robert Pattinson: Cedric Diggory is Hogwarts choice to enter the Tri-Wizard games and along the way he works with Harry giving each other advice, but his final moments we re-define the series. Robert gives a good performance with an interesting character that I think many would have like to see more from later in the series. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire uses its ever increasing supporting cast well to introduce even more interesting characters as well as filling supporting roles for a bigger story that we will see in films to come.

 

Director Review: Mike Newell – Mike does a good job directing which is most interesting of the series to date. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire creates an interesting sense of adventure with the tournament throwing up surprises around every corner. (9/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is starting to get more adult but on paper the audience would have grown up so should be enjoyed by a growing up family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire uses its fantasy elements brilliantly to create the new creatures, locations and characters. (10/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire offers a mystery about the dream Harry has but it sometimes gets pushed behind the story of the tournament. (8/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire creates beautiful settings for every scene. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has the best effects of the series so far with everything have a very real feel about it. (10/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best of the series to date and must be watch by all the fans of the series and you could easily start here. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Graveyard showdown.

Worst Part: When will they learn that the dark arts professor is always up to something?

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 4 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 1 Oscars

Box Office: $897 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 33 Minutes

Tagline: Dark And Difficult Times Lie Ahead.

Trivia: Robert Pattinson has stated that he would much rather play Cedric Diggory again than play Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, the role he is perhaps best known for.

 

Overall: Business Has Picked Up, It Must Be Show Time

Rating 91

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

logoDirector: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Toby Jones, Jim Norton, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith

 

Plot: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Mystery Left Open

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets starts by showing Harry (Radcliffe) back with his Uncle and Auntie who have given him an actual room but still resent having him around. While Harry gets a warning from Dobby not to go back to Hogwarts because of a plan against him. Ron (Grint) and his brothers come to Harry rescue and help him get back to Hogwarts. While Harry continually gets block be it not make the train because of it getting blocked. While the three friends have to go through the same problems as the year before, it is a mysterious voice that Harry keeps hearing that starts to make the main story.

When a visible warning appears that is trying to frame Harry including the death of the janitors cat. The Chamber of Secrets is a myth that was created by one of the founder of Hogwarts that will only be opened when his heir starts the school which will lead to all the muggle-born (human blood) wizards being killed. With more bodies turning up petrified the fingers continue to point at Harry and with more people believing it is him he finds himself trying to uncover the truth along with Ron.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the first one focused on the introduction, this time we learn more about the history of Hogwarts. We learn more about the mystery of the world that Harry has only just started to learn about as much as we do. We do get the continuation of the character development as well as only hearing parts about the greater evil that awaits the wizards in the future. We see the bound between the three friends grow as well as the battle against the rivals grows too. This is an improvement on the first as it shows how easily things can change for our hero. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter our young wizard who ignores the warning about returning to Hogwarts and finds himself trying to defend himself from all the clues that point in his direction when strange things start happening at Hogwarts. Daniel gives a great performance as the young wizard who has to fight against an enemy who underestimates him. (9/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron Weasley rescuer of Harry as well as loyal friend who wants to make sure Harry gets back to Hogwarts. Ron continues along his clumsy side but always is in the right place when Harry needs back up. Rupert gives a good performance who like previous film he gets the extra laughs. (8/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione Granger smartest of the three she learns about the potion that could unlock the truth for them, but also spends time in this film out of the picture due to the goings on. Emma gives a good performance but doesn’t get much screen time. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has a massive supporting cast and as the story telling tries to keep you guessing you have to work out who are the good, the bad and the planning ones. They all help with the story and are all portrayed very well.

 

Director Review: Chris Columbus – Chris does a great job directing, moving our characters into the next chapter of their story very well. (9/10)

 

Family: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great family film and this one will be much more interesting for the whole family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets put you in the fantasy world from the opening moments to the final moments. (10/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets does create an interesting mystery to be solved and with plenty of different suspects it will keep you guessing. (10/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets creates authentic looking sets that have created a world that we can look at and see as natural looking. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has solid effects in the most part but the Quidditch effects again come off poor. (6/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets should be watched to continue the story and even if you haven’t seen the first one you won’t have missed much in the way of story. (Watch)

 

Best Part:  The mystery created.

Worst Part: Quidditch effects

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 2 – 8 in the series

Post Credits Scene: Yes, but not important one.

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 BAFTAs

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $879 Million

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: The Chamber of Secrets has opened.

Trivia: Daniel Radcliffe was initially only offered £125,000 (approximately US $181,500) for this film. The actors’ union, Equity, stepped in and negotiated new terms which increased his salary to roughly £2,000,000 (US $3,000,000).

 

Overall: The first mystery of the saga

Rating 89

Fury (2014)

logoDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs

 

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.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the best modern war films

 

Story: Fury starts by informing us that during World War II American tanks were outgunned by the advancing German tanks and that the US tanks suffered staggering losses. April 1945 Hitler has sent every man, woman and child out to battle. We start by meeting Wardaddy (Pitt), Bible (LaBeouf), Gordo (Pena) and Coon-Ass (Bernthal) the unit in the tank known as Fury. Returning from their latest mission one man down they get a fresh young blood Norman Ellison (Lerman) who has only been part of the army for 8 weeks.

New mission orders come down and Wardaddy leads a platoon on the next mission which is to meet up with another platoon and take over the next town. Captain Waggoner (Isaacs) gets the platoon ready for the next mission which is a rescue mission, this goes down well but it is already taking its toll on Norman. Moving onto the town we see just what the Germans will do to the people who wouldn’t fight, while our unit slowly takes over the town.

The unit take the town and Wardaddy and Norman get a chance for a quiet moment during the reality of war that shows the true character of the 5 man unit. Receiving orders to intercept a German squad targeting the supply train we get bought back to the true reality of war. The next mission leaves the tank alone to complete and the five men must face impossible odds against nearly a full squadron of German soldiers.

Fury manages to show the true horror of war with this story, it puts the battles scenes together to what we expect but the brilliant peaceful moment in the middle really is the highlight to me. The characters each show the difference in the people who go to war as well as show that a lot of it is how they are dealing with the situation. I do feel we have a slightly weak point in the Norman character as we watch his start not willingly, slowly turn into a fighter only for him to want to surrender at the end, to me this doesn’t make sense to his character evolution. Taking that away we get what you would expect in a war film but this time we are all about the tanks which is slightly different to what we are used too. As I am not the biggest war film fan I was surprised by this one and thought I enjoyed the whole thing. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Brad Pitt: Wardaddy the leader of the platoon who clearly has been affected by his time in the war but can’t let his men see his weakness. He is very reluctant to have the new blood in his tank but knows that he to support and force him to become a soldier. Wardaddy will also stand up for his unit and is even willing to sacrifice himself to save them. Brad gives a great performance but even though the characters are different I think this will still be his second best war film performance. (8/10)

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Shia LaBeouf: Bible the trademark religious member of the unit, who always gives final rights to anyone he kills but is also an effective gun man. Shia is an actor I really don’t like but this is one of the best performance I have seen from him. (8/10)

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Logan Lerman: Norman Ellison the fresh recruit sent to Wardaddy’s unit who clearly has no experience fighting in the war and only signed up as a typist. He finds himself horrified by what he sees in the first moments of war and can’t pull the trigger on the Germans. As the story unfolds we watch how he becomes part of the tank team and finds it in himself to fight for his unit and country. Logan gives a good performance stepping away from some of his audience friendly roles. (8/10)

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Michael Pena: Gordo driver of the tank who tries to be the first friend of Norman but also knows that his hesitation could end up getting him killed. Michael gives a good performance as we know he is a great supporting actor. (8/10)

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Jon Bernthal: Coon-Ass the engineer of the tank who makes sure everything runs smoothly from the inside but doesn’t have the most combat time. Jon manages to return to his Walking Dead days here and you feel like he has taken the Shane character to the next level. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Fury has a supporting cast that includes the support tanks and soldiers as well as the enemy trying to hunt them down. They all help but none get a chance to shine as well as the main five.

 

Director Review: David Ayer – David goes a great job directing and making this film make a real impact on the war genre in film history. (9/10)

 

Action: Fury uses great combat scenes and takes risks with them too, relying on the tanks battles to feel intense with plenty of explosions. (8/10)

War: Fury uses the war element very brilliantly and uses the effects of war between the battles and the quiet moments to show how easily things can change. (9/10)

Settings: Fury uses what would look like real locations for the battles making you feel like you are travelling with the unit. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Fury has great effects with how brutal the kills are throughout the film. (9/10)

Suggestion: Fury is one to watch but I do feel that some people might find it too violent so been warned. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The peaceful attempt at dinner.

Worst Part: The forced kill.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Kill Of The Film: Head explosions.

 

Believability: The idea could have happened but how things happened is less likely. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Saving Private Ryan

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $212 Million

Budget: $68 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes

Tagline: War never ends quietly.

Trivia: During filming, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf almost got in a real fight with Scott Eastwoodwhile the cameras were rolling. Eastwood, riding on the back, kept spitting tobacco juice on the tank. Pitt and LaBeouf felt this was disrespectful to their “home”, and exchanged words with Eastwood. Things grew pretty heated until Pitt and LaBeouf found out the script actually called for Eastwood’s character to spit his tobacco juice on the tank.

 

Overall: Fury is easily one of the best war films I have seen, this to me puts it in the same league as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and Inglorious.

Rating 89