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2014 Movie Review - Fury

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo
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The latest movie starring Brad Pitt is set in the final stages of the European World War 2 theater. Pitt stars as US Staff Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier, commanding a tank nicknamed 'Fury' and crew composed of Boyd Swan (Shea Leboueuf), ruffian Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal) and tank driver Trini 'Grodo' Garcia (Micheal Pena). 

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The movie starts with the Wardaddy killing a Nazi officer and the death of one of their crew members, Red.
 
We are later introduced to the replacement for Red, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) who is a fresh faced new recruit who has just entered the carnage of war.
 
The movie focuses on the short but heroic lifespan of the tank crew save for one and focuses on the good and bad sides of the crew living inside a tank.

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The cinematography manages to capture the essence and cramped space the crew works in. There is not as much blood and gore like the other war movies but there are still some surprises e.g. when the tank commander's head gets blown off.
 
Overall, the movie scores a mediocre as it struggles to find a balance between drama and war movie. There's plenty of tank guns firing, no doubt :)

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Watchability : 5 / 10 - good for home viewing
 
Cast :
Brad Pitt          ...     Don 'Wardaddy' Collier
Shia LaBeouf     ...     Boyd 'Bible' Swan
Logan Lerman     ...     Norman Ellison
Michael Peña     ...     Trini 'Gordo' Garcia
Jon Bernthal     ...     Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis
Jim Parrack     ...     Sergeant Binkowski
Brad William Henke...     Sergeant Davis
Kevin Vance     ...     Sergeant Peterson
Xavier Samuel     ...     Lieutenant Parker
Jason Isaacs     ...     Captain Waggoner
Anamaria Marinca     ...     Irma
Alicia von Rittberg     ...     Emma
Scott Eastwood     ...     Sergeant Miles
Laurence Spellman     ...     Sergeant Dillard
Daniel Betts     ...     Burgermeister
 
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2014 Movie Review - Planes : Fire & Rescue

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo

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Planes : Fire & Rescue
 brings us back to the world of Dusty Crophopper and his crew. He's winning competitions until an engine trouble sets him aground. The cause is determined to be a faulty gearbox and no replacement available.

 
Dusty then finds a calling to be a firefighter after a fire incident almost destroys their airport. He is inspired by Mayday, who is an old fire truck looking after the airport.
 
To earn his firefighter credentials, Mayday sends Dusty to the Piston Peak National Park to train with a team of aerial firefighters. There, he meets the leader, Blade Ranger who trains Dusty. Along the way, Dusty learns the hardships of being an aerial firefighter and overcome the fear of his engine dying mid-flight due to his faulty gearbox.

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There are numerous new characters introduced in this animated movie and the story and plot has slightly more depth than the previous Planes.

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In the end, the heroes saves the day and Dusty returns as fully certified firefighter.
 
Watchability : 6 / 10 - My kid loves to watch the cartoon now so I guess there's a certain appeal to it :)
 
Cast :
Dane Cook     ...     Dusty Crophopper (voice)

Ed Harris          ...     Blade Ranger (voice)
Julie Bowen     ...     Lil' Dipper (voice)
Curtis Armstrong     ...     Maru (voice)
John Michael Higgins...     Cad (voice)
Hal Holbrook     ...     Mayday (voice)
Wes Studi     ...     Windlifter (voice)
Brad Garrett     ...     Chug (voice)
Teri Hatcher     ...     Dottie (voice)
Stacy Keach     ...     Skipper (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer...     Leadbottom (voice)
Danny Mann     ...     Sparky (voice)
Barry Corbin     ...     Ol' Jammer (voice)
Regina King     ...     Dynamite (voice)
Anne Meara     ...     Winnie (voice)
 
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