FURIES MOVIE REVIEW
In Greek mythology, the Furies were a trio of very powerful and angry goddesses who punished men who did bad things, particularly to women. They were a force of justice, but also a force to be reckoned with. So, it is a well chosen title for the newest Netflix female driven revenge action flick directed by and starring Veronica Ngo (The Princess; The Guard). Bee (Dong Anh Quynh) is a young woman who has been living on the streets of Saigon since the brutal murder of her mother many years ago. One night, as she is being attacked by a group of men, she is rescued by Thanh (Toc Tien), who brings her into a small operation led by a mysterious woman who trains her trio of Furies to take revenge on a criminal gang who abuse, rape, and traffic females. The three lady warriors risk everything to challenge this corrupt empire. As a disclaimer right up front, this opens with a graphic assault, rape, and murder. Please be aware of that as you go into this movie. Mindy, Ben, and T.C. discuss the well crafted action, the less than well crafted script, and the sometimes difficult to swallow logic that will either win over an audience of action junkies or entirely turn off viewers looking for something slightly deeper than a playthrough of a very good looking video game.
DIRECTED BY: Veronica Ngo
STARRING: Veronica Ngo, Rima Thanh Vy, Toc Tien, Thanh Nhien Phan, Song Luan, Dong Anh Quynh, Thuan Nguyen
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
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