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08.20.2017
Fury, The (1978)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger
07.16.11

Fury, The (1978) This is Brian DePalma's follow-up to CARRIE (1976), about two telekinetic teenagers, based on the John Farris novel. Kirk Douglas portrays Peter Sandza, who works for a secret government organization. When he's in the Middle East with his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), some terrorist show up and start shooting at the crowd. This is really a diversion for another agent to snatch his son, who has telekinetic abilities he wants to exploit. It seems as if Peter is killed when his boat explodes but he escapes--and spends the next year trying to find and rescue his boy. He gets help from a woman named Hester (Carrie Snodgrass) who works at a special school, where Gillian (Amy Irving) is a student. She has psychic powers as well-- and is linked to what's going on with Robin. But whereas he can manipulate machinery and objects with his mind she can make people bleed from every orifice. The agents have made his powers grow and this has basically transformed him into a murderous asshole, not a naive teenager. So when Peter finally finds Robin he's in for a surprise and things don't go at all as planned. The movie has a very abrupt, though fitting ending, with the explosive demise of evil agent Childress (John Cassavetes, ROSEMARY'S BABY)

THE FURY is an odd movie. It begins like a spy-flick, then turns into something like Stephen King's FIRESTARTER, with some funny bits with side-characters thrown in for no apparent reason. There's also brief cameos by Darryl Hannah and Laura Innes (THE EVENT) in one of the school scenes.

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