Goes Harder Than Most Action Films Would Dare: ‘Furies’ Reviewed
by Tito W. James
A killer follow up to the first Furie that’s both visceral and emotional.
Furies goes harder than most action films would dare.
**Warning The Following Contains Depictions of Sexual Assault
Three furious vigilantes unite to take down a sinister crime syndicate that controls the mean streets of ’90s Saigon in this prequel to Furie. Furies expands the world and characters of the first film much like The Raid 2 did for The Raid: Redemption. The action is heightened to comic book proportions while the drama never loses its emotional punch. This may be one of the best explorations of abuse, trauma, and sisterhood ever portrayed in an action film.
What impressed me most about Furies was how it didn’t shy away from the ugliest aspects of human behavior while never sacrificing the three women’s humanity. Often in action movies, the protagonists are portrayed as heroic badasses. Furies is about broken people trying to survive in a broken world. The actors’ grounded and emotional performances sell the truth of the characters.
While there are many moments in Furies that skew darker than most American action films would dare, the film still knows how to have fun. The drama and characterization are played straight for the most part. But when it’s time to kick butt, the film becomes more stylized and colorful. The only time the action goes too far into camp is the motorcycle chase scene with music video quality CGI. Yet overall, Furies is a masterful follow-up to Furie and a worthy addition to the action film canon.
Furies is now streaming on Netflix.