Peter Sandza enlists the help of a young psychic after his son is kidnapped by a secret government organization in Brian De Palma's science fiction thriller, THE FURY, starring Kirk Douglas. De Palma attempts to marry the spy thriller into a supernatural horror film via John Farris' script, but both provide us with mixed results. The dueling plotlines pit Peter's search against Gillian's schooling, and force the story to become as uneven as the tone, which also receives constant interference from the comedic interjections that materialize in otherwise dark surroundings. Great performances by John Cassavetes and Carrie Snodgress are counter-balanced by the rather severe overacting on behalf of both Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving, whose joining together in the end seems strange given Gillian's growing distrust in those around her. Nevertheless, De Palma serves up several inspired scenes during Gillian's psychic lapses and Robin's deadly loss of control, but most will remember the film for its incredible closing scene more than anything else. Between the subject matter, the special effects, and the explosive finale, one can't help but draw similarities between this and David Cronenberg's SCANNERS, though both films succeed based on their own accord. While THE FURY misses as much as it hits, it is an enjoyable viewing experience overall.
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FRANTIC, SCANNERS, PATRICK, THE SENDER, FIRESTARTER.
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