Fury is a brutal, grim and violent tale of war, and one that's painfully honest too. I love a good war film, I will watch any one, although I would literally watch any movie you request me to watch. My second favourite movie of all time is currently Saving Private Ryan, which I watched when I was way too young and I turned it off after the opening battle sequence, but I'm getting away from the point. Fury is the second war movie we've got this year, or at least the second one I have recollection of. Fury and Lone Survivor are completely different films, despite both being about tragic war stories. Lone Survivor is a true story and so the impact is on a much more emotional level, whereas Fury is fictitious, but more entertaining. Fury isn't quite as sweat inducing as Lone Survivor, but it's undeniably a better made movie. It gives us a realistic look a war, showing us the good, the bad and the uneventful, but never coming across as uninteresting. Unappealing? Sure, but always interesting.
Jon Bernthal's character in this film is incredibly unlikable, but this wouldn't be the case if it weren't for his superficially brilliant performance. His character is just a complete asshole, rarely ever showing signs of likability. If he were miscast and played by a different actor then the character would still come across as a prune, but it just wouldn't be quite as believable. His dickyness is somewhat enjoyable at times too, pushing the characters beyond their thresholds and into madness.
When reading/watching the several reviews that I did for this film, the most common complaint was that the film takes an abrupt halt in the middle. While it does take a halt for quite some time, I don't see it as a slow or unnecessary aspect of the overall story. Sure, it takes up a reasonable portion of the film, but it doesn't feel long. It feels like it belongs there and it has a good reason to. It's a moment of character building, as well as a moment where we're allowed to take a breather before we're thrown back into scenes of limb exploding battles.
To sum up, Fury may not have the emotional impact of this year's Lone Survivor, but it's certainly a better made movie. The performances are all excellent, creating characters that are believable, and the scenarios these characters get themselves into feel intense, brutal and honest. Fury is just an all round enjoyable flick.