21st Nov2015

‘Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael McCarthy, Jordan Elizabeth, Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Harry Aspinwall, Brad Potts, Wade Gallagher, Rick Montgomery Jr., Joel D. Wynkoop, Circus-Szalewski, Robert Crayton, David Astone, Tovah Duffaut | Written by Kevin A. McCarthy, Michael McCarthy | Directed by Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson


You know, I can get behind bad films; I can get behind films made intentionally to be bad (the “so bad its good” type of flicks) but there’s no way I can get behind a film whose sole purpose it seems is to rip-off other intentionally badly-made movies. That’s just lazy filmmaking.

Seemingly a cash-grab made to coincide with the debut of Kung Fury – with whom this film shares a LOT of it tropes, including the grizzled heroes narration – Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce is a low-budget take on the likes of Sin City and its ilk. It is a graphic novel brought to life on the screen, complete with comic book villains, a ridiculous pulp hero and a noirish tone that never really sits right with the exploitation aspects of the film’s story.

A bad story, bad acting, bad special effects – mostly created with CGI in post it would seem, and some terrible ADR all combine to create a film that is as ugly as its over-saturated, over coloured print looks. For those interested in the plot, Fury tells the story of the titular Ronan Pierce, a rogue cop who unleashes a storm of retribution on the violent and corrupt men who run human trafficking, drug cartels and illegal organ harvesting.

He reaps brutal justice against those responsible for murdering his daughter and kidnapping his wife, amongst the underground world of psychos and perverts in his twisted city… All the while looking like the douchiest hipster cop you would ever NOT want to meet. Oh, and can someone tell Michael McCarthy that “acting” is more than just shouting your lines to the camera? Hell, director Kevin McCarthy even wastes the talents of Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part 7 & 8, Hatchet, etc.) and former Leatherface R.A. Mihailoff – the only names in this movie you’ll recognise!

A pastiche of a pastiche, Fury: The Tales of Roana Pierce is yet another retro-grindhouse flick that has neither the charm nor the humour to make this a success. The only plus point of this entire exercise in bad filmmaking? That is gave a role to Joel D. Wynkoop, star of a truly fantastic bad movie, the “Chuck Norris tribute” action flick Lost Faith.

Fury: The Tales of Roana Pierce is out now on DVD from Monster Pictures. Avoid at all costs.


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