During a presentation for the new video game "World of Tanks" and E3, fans got to see the first footage from the upcoming World War II thriller "Fury," starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. Check out that footage below.
Plot: The story is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
The new movie is directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and is set to hit theaters on November 14th, 2014.
minkowskiwrites: on June 10th, 2014 at 11:31:12 PM
This will probably fail financially, but Ayer will bring to it his usual panopticom reality which might help it win awards, which is probably what it is: a bid for Oscars instead of a commercial project, because lord knows Pitt and World War 2 aren't going to blow the doors off the box office.
minkowskiwrites: on June 10th, 2014 at 11:40:49 PM
"...because lord knows Pitt and World War 2 aren't going to blow the doors off the box office."
Not sure I agree with you. There's "Inglorious Basterds" to think about. I'm don't think that one cracked pay dirt solely based on Quentin Tarantino's reputation.
Though the two films are obviously very different tonally, it wouldn't surprise me if a considerable number people turned out to see this, that is, assuming they __ Brad Pitt and WWII as a surefire recipe for success.
That being said, I admit I don't see this film attracting the prestige or critical success of "Inglorious Basterds", especially since it isn't a QT movie. And there's Tarantino's rabid, built-in audience to consider, which likely won't turn out for this. The commercial success could pale in comparison, which is why they should definitely try to persuade moviegoers there are threads between the two movies. (Maybe hire some shill of a critic to produce a blurb to the effect of "Brad Pitt's best film since "Inglorious Basterds", then incorporate that line relentlessly into the P&A.) And a PG-13 rating could cushion the blow in case the movie tracks poorly. But I don't anticipate this movie to be a "Edge of Tomorrow"-level failure.
I would agree with you here for the most part. Personally I like that it is a unique take on a cliche'd theme (WW2 action/drama) focusing on tank division military experience which I think would be interesting enough to attract a decent crowd. Coupled with a solid cast and critically acclaimed director. It will come down to release date and how it's marketed but I wouldn't count it out.