Monday, October 20, 2014
I went to see the movie Fury this weekend, which took #1 at the box office, with Gone Girl at #2. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers did not think especially highly of the film, rating it at 79%, but the audiences generally loved it, 90%.
Will the film get nominated for an Oscar? Will Brad Pitt? Or Logan Lerman (left, he was in Noah as Ham--and in case you were wondering from where came the title of the film)? My wild guess is no for the film, but yes for Pitt (Best Actor), who plays the battle-tested and jaded tank sergeant, and Lerman (Supporting Actor), as the rookie who grows from scene to scene. Fury is much like the 2009 Inglorious Bastards, also with Pitt, except the action for the former occurs mostly in and around a tank.
Thus, more than anything else, this was a tank flick. I remember being curious about tanks when young, and enjoyed getting into them during Armed Forces Day. Now I border on claustrophobia. One of my nephews became a tank commander of a platoon and eventually quit the Army because his group never made it to the Middle East War in Iraq. The military sent the first team, then a reserve outfit, and the insult was too much to take. But he went on to become a doctor. The Abrams tank (right) is used today and apparently did not fare well in the Iraq War. Here are two hours of CNN Shock and Awe.
Here is a 10 minute video comparing the American Sherman (though all the allies, including Russia, built their version of this) versus the German Tiger. Can't really tell the physical difference unless you go to the vital statistics:
Number produced 49,234 984
Primary canon 75 mm 88 mm
Speed, up to 30 MPH 26 MPH
Range 120 miles 75 miles
Armor (front) 76 mm 185 mm
Weight 66,800 pounds 153,800 pounds
Philosophy support troops destroy tanks
Russian T-34 was the best tank of World War II, but that will need to survive the test of another movie. That could be a sequel, maybe this next time with George Clooney. Oh, yes, John Wick opens this Friday, with Keanu Reaves, rated 100% by Rotten Tomatoes reviewers.