Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Night of the Living reviews

I try to write a review of every book I read and movie I see, and of every interesting album I listen to for Amazon.com. It's a lofty goal, but a worthy one, for it provides an outlet for me to reflect on my entertainment consumer choices.


Fury VHS ~ Kirk Douglas

Beautiful film, schlocky plot, May 23, 2006

"Fury" is something of a sequel for director Brian DePalma to the critical and box office success he enjoyed with "Carrie."

Plot is inconsequential. I could make no sense of it. A man's son falls into the hands of an unexplained secret government agency who wants to use the son's psychokinetic powers for purposes not explicated. The father finds another psychic to help find his son, and she too becomes wanted by this secret agency.

Kirk Douglas proves he's a middle-aged stud doing his own stunts on an Israeli beach and the streets of Chicago. Amy Irving displays a narrow acting range-- from confused, hurt and withdrawn to surprised rage at the end. The best scenes show her in "psychic" mode. She stands, looking around, as if in an Imax theater, at events from the past scroll around her. This is vintage DePalma, the king of the camera angle.

The ending is campy horror schlock, and seen from every possible angle imaginable. This movie had potential to be so much more. Wooden acting, cheesy dialogue and a murky plot ruin a beautifully-filmed movie.

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