On a lousy Friday evening, nearly 9 p.m., I received a phone call from my friend Raj, but I had missed it as I was cleaning my room to kick start my weekend with less than usual chores. I had not heard from him in over a year since we all sensed that next few early years of our careers would pull us even farther apart. So we synced our schedules for a dinner with few friends the next day since I was already heading to bed.
Saturday morning was brightly lit by the arrival of fall season. I woke up as early as 8:00 and went downstairs to warm up some milk for Chai. While the milk and chai were forming together, I grated some ginger and added it to the tea pot. And then I inserted a country-style white bread in the toaster oven after taking out a small jar of Mango jam from the fridge. After the chai was ready to drink, I sat around the kitchen table, eating a toast over some mango jam and thought how nice it would be to just lounge around rather than going out for a dinner. The thought crossed my mind few times when I was running errands. I was becoming lazy and I had no desire to meet up my friends.
The clock was ticking at 6:00 in the evening, and I was out for some Mexican food at Las Mantanas in Katy just five minutes away from where I lived. Raj and I agreed on this on this place after exchanging few text messages. I had been to this place a few times and their food was delicious. After a decent meal, we cleared our throat with some water. We went on about films and then one of us looked up a time for the film Fury since it was recently released in the theatre.
When I took my second history course during freshmen year in college, my history professor asked us to watch a film based on an event in history. And write an essay about how accurate the film was representing history. Although, I can’t recollect that particular film I had written over, but I do remember that most history films least bit accurate. I can’t recall if I had seen the trailer for Fury, but decided to go for the thrill. I was on a budget when it came to seeing films, but Rajan, our other friend decided to pay for our meals for that night.
The first scene of Fury was a Nazi on a white horse remotely appearing on the screen by each second. There were tanks burned to the ground as the horse walked by, but the quality of the production was cheap. It was damp, dark, and ugly. David Ayer, the director of Fury, known for writing films like Training Day and The Fast and Furious. His directorial debut Harsh Times had mixed reactions from critics and audiences. I have never seen the film. Fury had a fantastic star cast including Brad Pitt ( Don), Shia Labeouf (Boyd), and Logan Larman (Norman) invading the most screen time.
Fury is about the final days of World War II where soldiers are overtaking Nazi tankers for survival. Fury, according to Ayer, was an authentic portrayal of Sherman tanks in Germany. Ayer had done years of research, including talking to survivors and German and Jewish families. War is brutal. Apologies from soldiers from either side cannot be expected when you’re faced with a decision of supporting it or not.
There is a scene in Fury where Don discovers a woman gazing through her window. He takes Norman with him. The women was protecting and hiding her cousin underneath the bed. Don asked both of them to make tea and prepare a meal. Just before the scene, a doctor came out with both of his hands up in the air and asking not to attack the building they were in. One by one came out and they were mostly kids as young as 10 fighting a battle for SS. Norman also held similar views of being forced to fight a war. Norman, a Baptist, was essentially looking for a clerical position in the battle was asked to join Don’s tanker team. Norman was placed in his first battle between two tankers, during the battle, a SS solider came out of the woods and asking forgiveness. He showed pictures of his wife and kids. Don asked Norman several times to “man-up” because he had trouble killing a glorified SS solider.
Fury opened last weekend. It was filmed entirely in Britain. Fury is directed by David Ayer and stars Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal.