Iron Fury (2020)

Set in 1944, this is the story of a courageous group of Russian soldiers captured by the Germans following a sustained and fierce fighting and relentless tank battle. Taken to a POW camp, they are given an opportunity to restore a T-34 tank, but plan to use it to escape.

Iron Fury starts as it means to go on – with a bang, as two tanks duel in Russia during World War Two. Starring Alexander Petrov, as a Russian tank commander stuck in a German POW camp, the film is a visceral assault on the senses, featuring some of the most heart-stopping and authentic tank skirmishes ever seen on film.

A smash hit in Russia, the film broke box office records in that country when it opened earlier this year, blasting its way to the top of the charts, where it has raked in an astonishing $35million to date.

Written and directed by Alexsey Sidorov, Iron Fury is a thrillingly effective war film, stylishly filmed, and packed with metal mangling action sequences and astonishing special effects, adding up to a thundering good time that mixes Das Boot with The Great Escape.

Now this is a film I would say was aimed at the 15 – 30 age range, as a young Russian crew try to get back to Russia from their German POW camp. The action is good and at a modern day faster pace, for example the shells fired from the tanks are easily man-handled as we seem them being fired through the air spinning in slow motion towards their target. Also the copy we saw had obviously been dubbed from the Russian language, which was fine but some of the words used were a bit ‘comical’. If you suspend you knowledge of history, it is actually a good attempt at an interesting film, I would recommend it but would only really give it a 6.5 stars.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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