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Standard Plot Raised to a Higher Level
, 1 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Blind Fury [Region 2] [import] (DVD)
'Blind Fury' is a samurai action film that released in 1989 to favorable reviews and moderate box-office success. Over the years, the feature has become a classic for action fans.
The movie centers around Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), a blind Vietnam war veteran who is a samurai expert. The movie shows how Parker returns to the United States and befriends the son (Brandon Call) of an army buddy, Frank Deveraux (Terry O'Quinn) who has been kidnapped by an evil casino boss.
The movies plot is mediocre but that is made-up for big time by the exciting action, witty humor, a solid direction and an energetic Hauer. The movie is fast-paced from the beginning and has a satisfying and touching ending. All these things combined with a dosage of emotions and appropriate corniness makes this film really enjoyable. Another plus point are the funny one-liners, most of which are given to Hauer.
The second flaw along with the plot is the below-par performances from some of the supporting actors.
The feature is a perfect example of a good-old action flick from the 1980's with 'A' grade production values. I watched the movie twenty years ago on VHS and watched it again recently. The verdict is, it's still entertaining as before.
Rutger Hauer is perfectly convincing as the sword-wielding blind hero with an attitude. His performance along with the screen presence is first-rate. Hauer also impresses with his effortless sword skills.
Phillip Noyce (directed the box-office hits, 'Dead Calm', 'Patriot Games', 'Clear and Present Danger', 'The Bone Collector' & 'Salt') does a fine job as he brings everything together to make this vehicle work.
The background music score by J. Peter Robinson adds to the movies cheesy feel.
The movie is more than just an average fare due to a number of scenes that leave a lasting effect combined with the general entertainment.
'Blind Fury' is an effective action feature that caters for fans of the genre.
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