Friday 13 April 2012

Today's Review: Fury (A.K.A. The Samaritan)

This is a weird one. We got this in as an exclusive rental yesterday, but it's not even out at the cinema in America. Plus it's got two different titles. Named Fury in the U.K., sadly it is not an origin story of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in the Marvel movies.

In Fury Samaritan, Mr. Jackson plays Foley, an ex-grifter who's served the least amount possible of his 25-to-life sentence for killing a dude. Now he's on the outside, he's determined to stay clean, but Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of the man he killed is intent on partnering up with him to perform a grift on his boss. Foley tries to brush him away despite the fact that he left Ethan fatherless, but Ethan has a few cards up his sleeve to persuade Foley to do the job, mostly in the form of a young girl named Iris (Ruth Negga).

Yes, Samaritan Fury has a few twists and turns, and there's one in particular that's quite surprising. But with the twists in the plot, there's also a few twists in the actual characters. While Ethan regularly does things to make Foley want to smash his face in, there are scenes towards the end of the movie where they're getting along like good friends. It kills the suspense a little bit, but at least the plot remained entertaining enough for me to keep on watching.

Fury The Samaritan is a bit of a slow burner. There aren't many all out action scenes, although there are a few quite gory instances. The suspense certainly builds up, and the characters face some tough moral choices, but there are just a few problems with pacing and characterisation that makes the plot feel a bit too juddery. It's a decent enough movie though.

My rating: 3/5

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