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Wasn't this called The Samaritan?,
This review is from: Fury [DVD] (DVD)
Fury (or The Samaritan as it is known outside of the UK) features Samuel L Jackson as Foley, a man who just served a 25-year sentence for killing his best-friend. Upon his release he realises that most of his friends & contacts have died or moved on. Until he bumps into the son of his best-friend, Ethan (ably played by Luke Kirby) a young man who has spent his entire life thus far trying to imitate the cons his father and Foley used to pull. He wants Foley to help in his latest scheme, defrauding a mafia boss (Tom Wilkinson - Rocknrolla) but Foley is not keen to risk going back to prison. Ethan decides that Foley needs a little persuasion and introduces him to the honey-trap Iris (Ruth Negga). Will Foley pull off this one last job for Ethan? Are things as straight forward as Foley assumes?
Fury is a well-shot affair, albeit middle-budget, set in an unidentifiable era (aside from the one use of a smart phone) the dress, the furniture and the styling are all very 70's. When the majority of scenes are shot through a yellow-filter this gives it a vintage-feel that really suits Foley's 'stuck-in-the-past' mentality.
The major revelation in this film is simply fantastic; when you learn that one of the characters is a lot smarter than you may have initially given them credit for and it really blind-sided me. I genuinely had my mouth open in shock, for this reason alone I will remember Fury for a long-time to come... Samuel L. Jackson provides a believable rendition of his haunted character but it's not his best performance (I enjoyed the Pulp Fiction reference; where a flashback to the 70's see Samuel L. Jackson stood in a black and white suit with an extremely similar haircut in the same pistol-wielding stance as PF) but the real star here is Ruth Negga.
Ends far too abruptly, but ultimately an extremely enjoyable film about Con-men where it's almost impossible to work out who is using who. Highly Recommended!!