“I might be in the wrong place…but you took the wrong kid.”
Last summer we watched Paradox, which we could not help but compare to the Taken franchise. This too has familiar overtones: an abducted child, a pursuit, a race against time to save a child from overwhelming odds, and there is no help here.
Except this time it’s not a dad looking for their daughter. It’s her mum, and by god, she’s the wrong person to have taken the daughter of.
There are a few issues with Furie. Uneven narrative/pacing is one of them: all of the ingredients are there but the story jerks as it unfolds, a bit stop/start in places. However by and large these small sins are easily forgivable as Hai Phuong pursues her stolen daughter across the rural Vietnamese landscape to the neon slash of Saigon.
Hai Phuong is that rarest being: a real female hero . She is a single mother. She makes her own way to Saigon. She is helped out of a difficult situation by a female nurse. The leader of the gang that took her child is a woman. The first and only martial arts fight she loses is against that female gang boss. Later, she takes on the same woman again and wins without help. The fight scenes are good. Some cuts – more later in the movie than at the beginning. The story is good. She is inspiring. It is nearly the best.
Is it as good as The Night Comes For Us? Very bloody nearly.