Fury (2014) Film Review

War isn’t clean, it’s not glamorous, and it costs a lot to survive it. Fury follows the story of an elite American tank crew fighting in Germany near the end of the Second World War.

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Fury is a heavy hitting movie. It relies on gripping set pieces, grisly mise en scene, and taught performances to convey the complexities of war. It strips away much of the sentimentality, the idea that the West were the ‘good guys’, and it subtly shows why the last remaining German troops were so fanatical – this was their homeland and they were prepared to die defending it. Continue reading “Fury (2014) Film Review”

12 Years a Slave (2013) Film Review

The promise of work lures gifted violinist Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to Washington D.C. Things don’t go to plan however, and freeman Northup finds himself chained up and headed for a life of slavery.

12-years-a-slave-quad12 Years a Slave is a film from Steve McQueen of Hunger and Shame fame and it’s an account of the true story of Solomon Northup. Northup wrote a book about his experiences and this film is based on that publication. This isn’t a feel good story and although Hollywood often puts a positive spin on many of humanity’s darkest acts (Schindler’s List) 12 Years a Slave remains true to its tragedies. Continue reading “12 Years a Slave (2013) Film Review”