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Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on June 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

FURY   **

Fritz Lang


IDEA:  When a man is wrongly accused of a kidnapping, an agry lynch mob arrives and burns down the jail where he is being detained. He wasn't killed, however, leading him to seek justice against those held accountable.

BLURB:  Though concerned with his usual favorite themes of mob mentality, skewed justice, and savagely guilty consciences, Fritz Lang’s first American film doesn’t bear many of his trademark visual stamps, nor his wicked irony. Sacrificing inky ambiguities for decidedly safer, more conventional trappings, too much of Fury’s disappointingly straightforward narrative is stuck in moralizing mode – socially germane or not, the film’s narrative beats feel pat, its declarations against violence bred by violence and ruthless groupthink less revelatory than they are obvious. It’s not that the messages here are outdated, or no longer retain their power; Lang has done this material better before, literally, with more verve and acuity.

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