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Review: Blind Fury (1989)

by Aaron Vaccaro – Head Writer

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Best Bad Quote:

“God damn! There’s more holes in that thing than in my daddy’s rubber!”

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Who doesn’t enjoy an inspiring tale of a Vietnam vet rendered blind during the war and trained to be a swordfighter?  I enjoyed the hell out of it.  Not only does Blind Fury have Rutger Hauer playing one badass Mr. Magoo, but you get Leonard Smalls from Raising Arizona, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, playing, naturally, a bad guy, and John Locke himself, Terry O’Quinn.  Blind Fury is everything you want from a late 80’s action movie, and Hauer is a surprisingly convincing blind guy.

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The movie opens with Nick Parker (Hauer) having just been fatally wounded by a grenade in Vietnam which has left him blind.  Just when Nick seems like he’s going to head up to that big V.A. hospital in the sky, he is rescued by a local village who nurses him back to health and teaches him to not see his blindness as a detriment, but to instead use it as a reason to harness his other senses and become a master swordsman.  When Nick has learned all he can learn from the village, he returns home to visit Frank Devereaux (O’Quinn), a fellow soldier from his platoon, who is now a chemist entangled with a crime organization.  Nick witnesses the murder of Frank’s wife and promises her that he will reunite their son with his father.  From there, we get a good ole fashioned road picture of a precocious little brat who doesn’t want to be anywhere Nick, but by the end they naturally become inseparable friends and the kid learns a valuable lesson from Nick.  Just because you can’t see, doesn’t mean you can’t “do.”

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I went into this movie expecting it to be terrible.  Boy, was I proven wrong.  Sure, it’s cheesy, the acting isn’t great and it’s more than predictable, but it has enough mullets to make this bad movie fan happy.  And as if that wasn’t cool enough, the final swordfight takes place around the perimeter of a hot tub.  How many movies can say that?

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Rutger Hauer may be one of the more underrated actors of all time.  He makes a lot of poor movie choices, but he’s usually the best part of the movies (Bladerunner, The Hitcher, and who could forget him as Lothos in Buffy the Vampire Slayer?)  I, for one, cannot wait to see him in Hobo with a Shotgun due out in 2011.  Hauer is simply a fine actor, and in Blind Fury, he’s endearing, he’s funny, and he will slice you in half and push you out a window.  That being said, there are a couple moments in the movie where Hauer seems to get a little too close to the kid, to the point where you think you might need to put a call into NAMBLA.  But we got to cut the guy some slack because he’s blind, right?

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Rating:

4 out of 5 Electrocuted Swordsman

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