The Fury Reviews
Unusual, extremely effective Horror thriller dealing with a avenging father (Kirk Douglas) looking to find his son, and a telekinetic girl (Amy Irving) being looked up for sinister use. Douglas is excellent, and script is impressive, giving out many characters, balancing them well, with each villain more nastey than the last. It also throws an endless amount of surprises at the viewer. Criticism has been about the slight aspects of it all, though there's so many fascinating ideas it doesn't really matter; final sequence is a real stunner. Music score by John Williams.
While vacationing with his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), and associate Childress (an excellently sinister John Cassavetes), Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) is shocked to find himself in the middle of a terrorist attack; a terrorist attack, it turns out, that has been staged by Childress in an elaborate attempt to kidnap Robin. Robin possesses strange telekinetic powers, powers that could act as a sort of nuclear weapon. Childress, being one of those all-too-authoritative government types, sees the potential.
In the meantime, a teenage girl, Gillian (Amy Irving), discovers that she has psychic powers that are eerily similar to Robin's. She enrolls at the Paragon Institute for Psychic Research in order to get in touch with her newfound identity. But just a few weeks after she arrives, she begins having a series of visions. In those visions, she finds that Robin, who she has never met, stayed at the Paragon Institute himself, and is in grave danger. The man behind it all? Childress.
"The Fury" has a good guy/bad guy theme at its front and center, and it works remarkably well. It's like James Bond vs. Goldfinger or Tippi Hedren vs. The Birds. The villain wants death and destruction, and in return, the main mission of the entire movie is to stop them. All we know is that Childress wants to utilize Robin and Gillian's powers for nefarious purposes, and that makes him absolutely terrifying.
The plot is convoluted and riddled with plot-holes, but De Palma gives us so much to look and feel at that we don't have time to process what we're watching. In a tastefully melodramatic escape, Gillian and Hester (Carrie Snodgress) run away from the Paragon Institute, with Peter waiting in an escape car. The entire scene is shot in slow motion, drawing out the tension and making every moment more precious. It's effective, even if it is slightly campy.
"The Fury" looks and feels like a standard thriller; its supernatural undertone makes the events even more exasperating because they're shot as if they could really happen. If there was ever an underdog director of the '70s, it'd be De Palma. "Carrie" is a great film, but his contributions to filmmaking are extraordinary. It's rare to have an artist that can make even the most routine movies turn into something exciting and new.
(1978) The Fury
SUSPENSE THRILLER/ HORROR
I like to think this movie inspired popular novelist Stephen King's 1979 "The Dead Zone" and then 1980 "Fire starter" since it was made one year earlier prior from the novel written for it's pessimistic view on psychic phenomenon, and would include "Carrie" in the mix since it's more of a horror film. The movie stars Kirk Douglas as Peter Sandza who's just been set up by a friend who happens to be working alongside a high ranking official for the exploitation of his son, Robin(Andrew Stevens) since he has psychic abilities. So Peter goes on an obsessive hunt to get his son back. And he can't do it without the help of another person who consists to have the same abilities as Robin. This person is Gillian Bellaver(Amy Irving) who's somehow locked up in an institution who can't control their psychic abilities. Carrie Snodgress also stars as Hester who happens to work in the same institution where Gillian is being treated in.
Aforementioned, it's strictly for fans of Brian DePalma but for others it leaves with many questions than it gives viewers any answers, such as viewers are not sure what kind of psychic abilities Robin and Gillian consist of since some is seeing a course of events between past and current, and they're other times they're able to levitate or move things. It is only known for being the first film to pave the way for serious psychic movies.
2 out of 4 stars
I love old Brian De Palmer films. What ever happened to that guy?
A government agent with two children with special psychic abilities is on the constant run from European government officials who want to kidnap them for government experiments. He tries to remain in hiding; but one unfortunate day, his son is kidnapped. He tries to keep his daughter hidden while looking for his son, but his daughter's powers begin to become apparent. She escapes her situation and goes looking for her dad. If they find each other, maybe they can save the son before it is too late.
"I'll be with you all the way; and if it doesn't workout, we'll go someplace else."
Brian De Palma, director of Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Carlito's Way, Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars, Carrie, and The Black Dahlia, delivers The Fury. The storyline for this picture is actually more unique than I anticipated and was fairly intense in a Carrie/science fiction way. The acting was very good and I enjoyed the action sequences. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning, and William Finley.
"You gotta give me the dame's number from the antique shop. There's nothing antique about her."
The Fury was a movie I came across on Cinemax and thought sounded interesting and contained a fairly decent cast. The movie was a bit uneven with some aspects that worked better than others; however, the movie came together well and I enjoyed the overall premise of the film. I do recommend seeing this picture at least once.
"Which one are you going to screw first?"
AS a follow up to his film Carrie, his direction seems to be a little more assured but I think the problem I have is that it all seems a little , been there, done that.
The story revolves around a telekinetic teen boy that is kidnapped and is being manipulated by a government agency, while his father, with the aid of a telekinetic teen girl ,is trying to locate and rescue him. All the while , the pairs ever growing powers are manifesting themselves in ever increasing Carrie-esque fashions. Everything from nosebleeds,fires, and runaway amusement park rides, continually ramp up the action until the explosive final scene.
But the whole story starts to feel like a mash up of his own film Carrie, Stephen King' Firestarter and a little bit of Cronenberg's Scanners thrown in for effect.
Dont get me wrong, I would still recommend The Fury, especially to those interested in seeing his film transition from Carrie into Blow Out and Scarface, but I would consider this one a bit of a minor misstep as DePalma tried to find his directorial voice.