Hell hath no fury like a woman…or more importantly a mother scorned…
Furie is a simple affair, but it’s also executed to damn near perfection and it makes for a high octane trip to the theatre that this incredibly entertaining.
When a little girl is kidnapped by a trafficking ring, they soon find they messed with the wrong child. Her mother, a notorious former gang leader, is close on their trail and will go to any lengths to bring her daughter home.
Female driven action films can come from anywhere and Furie is no exception as it’s an efficiently lean and mean thriller that is carried by an incredibly strong leading performance.
Writer/Director Le-Van Kiet was born and Vietnam but learned his trade at school in America to come back with a myriad of genre efforts like House In The Alley which was a smash hit in Vietnam but here with Furie not only has he found his genre, but his muse as well.
The plot is incredibly simplistic, but that’s all it needed to be as the action ride that he takes us on once it all kicks off is downright frenetic from beginning to end. The film rarely takes a breath and that actually works in its favor as we follow our heroic mother down this dark rabbit hole looking for her daughter.
The material knows exactly what it is and stays in its lane to such a tee that there countless filmmakers out there who’d actually learn something by simply watching Furie. It’s a singular character on a singular goal with the bare minimum of supporting players to cause distractions along the way. Kiet keeps the audiences gaze on our heroine and rightly so because with the wrong casting this entire film could have easily fallen apart.
Star Veronica Ngo who is a director and producer in her own right was a masterful choice for the leading role of Hai Phuong. She balances feminine vulnerability with some genuine bad ass swagger and she’s pursuing her kidnapped daughter. The action sequences were intense and she more than holds her own in some bone crunching moments that was all surprisingly PG. Despite the lack of blood and cursing the action was hard hitting and intense which just goes to show that you can deliver violence that an audience feels without having to make that much of a mess along the way.
With Ngo having the potential of being a genuine cross over star in the making, Furie succeeds where others have failed, in making a simple but intense action thriller from a woman’s perspective.