The Fury

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • R
  • Thriller

Douglas is a high-ranking American secret government agent visiting the Middle East with his teenage son (Stevens), who possesses amazing telekinetic powers, and his cohort (Cassavetes), chief of a shadowy US agency investigating psychic phenomena. Terrorists attack their resort, and it looks as though Douglas has been killed, so Cassavetes becomes Stevens'...read more

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Douglas is a high-ranking American secret government agent visiting the Middle East with his teenage son (Stevens), who possesses amazing telekinetic powers, and his cohort (Cassavetes), chief of a shadowy US agency investigating psychic phenomena. Terrorists attack their resort, and it

looks as though Douglas has been killed, so Cassavetes becomes Stevens' surrogate father. Cassavetes, however, really doesn't work for the US; he is ambitious and evil and wants to tap into Stevens' powers for a scheme of his own. To that end Cassavetes hired the "terrorists" to get rid of Douglas

and have the lad all to himself. But Douglas is not dead and returns to the States, where he hires a psychic (Finley) to help find his son. Meanwhile, another teenager (Irving), who is also telekinetic, is currently being studied at the Paragon Institute--a cover for Cassavetes' operation. When

Douglas finally manages to locate his son, by now completely under Cassavetes' control, Douglas must enlist the aid of Irving to rescue him. THE FURY is basically CARRIE expanded to include CIA-type shenanigans with geopolitical implications. Director De Palma does manage to handle the convoluted

plot with aplomb, and the performances from Douglas and Cassavetes are good. The film bogs down, however, because of De Palma's penchant for technically slick but overblown action scenes that call attention to themselves as virtuoso set pieces instead of advancing the narrative. Although there are

those who find De Palma's use of slow motion ingenious, entire scenes shot that way seem merely self-indulgent and tedious. Nevertheless, the film's explosive climax is worth watching. The impressive effects by Flowers and Rick Baker set the stage for David Cronenberg's somewhat-similar SCANNERS

(1981).

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Douglas is a high-ranking American secret government agent visiting the Middle East with his teenage son (Stevens), who possesses amazing telekinetic powers, and his cohort (Cassavetes), chief of a shadowy US agency investigating psychic phenomena. Terrori… (more)

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