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Very underrated De Palma film.,
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This review is from: The Fury [DVD] (DVD)
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In the wake of the fantastic "Carrie", The Fury enjoys only the misery of comparison. This is unfortunate because it is a great example of DePalma letting loose as a film-maker, daring to go over the top when necessary in order to shock and excite.
In a way, The Fury does feel like two separate films. Kirk Douglas' story of trying to find his missing son plays like a police thriller. Amy Irving's narrative strand, as a young girl coming to terms with telekinetic abilities (hence the Carrie comparisons), remains quite separate from Douglas' adventures until quite late in the film.
De Palma elevates much of this quite over the top and gruesome story. He is often accused of being a stylist for the sake of it. I can see why this accusation is aimed at him, based on certain films (the tracking shot in the opening of The Bonfire of The Vanities was so awkward that it felt like another director making fun of a DePalma film). But with The Fury, DePalma uses the camera and the music, taking the ridiculousness of the genre to new, often operatic heights. One scene in particular is astounding. Amy Irving's hand is grabbed by the doctor of the institute where she is honing her psychic abilities. Upon grabbing his hand, she 'sees' past events that happened in the same building. DePalma shows this transference of memory by having Irving stand in front of a rear projection of the events, with the camera panning around her. It is a marvellous and striking effect. DePalma's Body Double also features a very marked use of a 360 pan to suggest the hyper-artificiality of a scene. Watched closely together it is exciting to see a director re-use approaches to film making in such different ways.
I would definitely recommend The Fury. Embrace the insanity of the plot (approach it as you would a work by Argento or other Giallo horror) and revel in the technical theatrics. However, the print used for the DVD isn't amazing picture-wise. There's a lot of grain in some scenes, with little blips and flecks across the screen. DePalma's work has never been released as a larger set, but it would be great to see The Fury get the blu-ray treatment with a polished print.