Brad Pitt Is Back in the Killin’ Nazi Business in the Trailer for Fury

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June 25 2014 9:29 AM

Brad Pitt Is Back in the Killin’ Nazi Business in the Trailer for Fury

Brad Pitt in a tank in the trailer for Fury.
Brad Pitt in a tank in the trailer for Fury.

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One thing that’s true about the killin’ Nazi business, is that, in the movies, it’s always boomin’. Audiences never seem to tire of seeing the soldiers of the Third Reich blown away, and the latest Nazi-killin’ movie comes with a small twist: It’s set (mostly) in a tank.

That tank, Fury, is the title character, and its commander is played by Brad Pitt. Under his command are a crew played by Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman. You’re not gonna believe this, but they eventually become outnumbered and outgunned, and must make a final stand for America.

I’m still not quite sure what to expect from this movie, which here seems alternately  to want to be the tank version of Das Boot (Das Tank?), with realism and sense of claustrophobia, and something much pulpier. (Have I mentioned that Pitt’s character is named Wardaddy?) Writer-director David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage), too, has an uneven track record, but Pitt makes interesting choices, and I’m still curious to see what drew him to this hunk of metal.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

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