Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by David Chen
David Ayer’s Fury is a solid film. If features great performances all around, the tank battles are legitimately thrilling, and there is some really unsettling imagery that lands the message of how war is hell. But the film, like many of Ayer’s other movies, glorifies the idea of being part of an unflinching brotherhood in the face of unspeakable odds. And that’s simply not the message I took away from watching it.
Hit the jump to see my full video review of Fury.
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Angelina Jolie takes her second turn as director with Unbroken, which adapts the book by Laura Hillenbrand to tell the story of Olympic competitor and WWII hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). The film’s first trailer focused quite a bit on Zamperini’s upbringing, but this new Unbroken trailer focuses primarily on the war and its aftermath, during which Zamperini and two other Air Force crewmen survived the crash of their plane, only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy.
Transferred through a set of Japanese POW camps, Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips were held captive from 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, during which time they experienced horrific treatment, some of which is seen briefly in this trailer. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer for American Sniper, in which Bradley Cooper plays murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Clint Eastwood directs the film, which was adapted from Kyle’s autobiography. Bradley Cooper is also a producer on the film, and it is perhaps thanks to his dedication to the project that American Sniper looks like Eastwood’s best film in several years. Below, watch an intense American Sniper trailer. We see flashes of Kyle’s life, but the nail biting trailer is organized around one very specific wartime engagement that illustrates the moral dilemma inherent in the job Kyle did so well. Read More »
The next film from Clint Eastwood is American Sniper, based on the book of the same name by the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper plays Kyle and also acts as producer for the December 25 release. The film’s first trailer hits tomorrow, but in the meantime we have the American Sniper first look via two images of Cooper as Chris Kyle. Read More »
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. We don’t have a lot more info on the potential Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk film right now, but there is one interesting detail, which you can read about below.
Update: Lee is now officially set to direct the film, and we have a couple press release quotes below.
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This trailer shows the difficulty a new gunner (Logan Lerman) has when the time comes to kill enemy soldiers, and follows the squad as it is tasked with preventing the advance of German soldiers. Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal co-star, and you’ll see them in this trailer, too. Read More »
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