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      The Furnace

      2020 1 hr. 56 min. Adventure Drama Western List
      90% 20 Reviews Tomatometer 83% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with Crown-marked gold bars. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 14 Buy Now

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      Gillian S How did this movie get such good reviews? Any movie with only men in it is not a good sign. Except for the two Chinese women who were in the movie for two seconds or so. It was interesting to find out about Persians, Indians and Afghans working in Australia in the nineteenth century, I found this movie boring and slow. Too many men shooting at each other. Nothing to alleviate the violence. The best part was the Aborigines, treated equally. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Achille L I found this film compelling and a true testament, in the end, to man's true nature; persevering despite all the opportunities to go astray. ….definitely not a Hollywood package. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Rich M It's a if Roderick MacKay took the black and white classic The Treasure of Sierra Madre and put it through a Colonial Australian prism to produce a rainbow of parrallel stories about the corruptive power of greed. The backdrop is the stark beauty of the Australian Outback and the pure existence of its Aboriginal inhabitants. Add colonialism, racism, religion, desperate ambition to the many characters struggling to survive in a foreign land and a gripping parable unfolds about how "just a rock", gold, can destroy so many lives, and possibly enlighten one. Beautifully done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/07/23 Full Review Brent L I have never seen such an original movie, very different, very compelling and every second drives you on. Stellar performances from the actors, amazing story line and superb editing and direction. Best movie so for of 2023. David Wenham's performance was super impressive. Best ever movie ending. But Ahmed Malek stole the show for his acting. A rising star, for sure. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/06/23 Full Review T S Really enjoyed this movie. Story telling was great & Jay Ryan did a great job as the Sargent. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/07/23 Full Review wayne m The Furnace is a rugged, sometimes compelling film about a lesser known part of Australian history. Set in Western Australia in 1897 it involves a land of danger and violence and gold. There are many Central Asians employed to steer camels across the desert carrying all sorts of goods. When Mal robs a goldmine it sets off a dangerous and bloody chase. Somehow he ends up with Hanif, an Afghani cameleer who longs to return home. On the promise of gold he sets off with Mal to get to a furnace where the gold can be metled down. Hanif is also friends with the Indigenous community and can speak their language. The film does an an excellent job on portraying the severity of the terrain and the injustices put upon the cameleers and the Indigenous popluation. The writing is a bit uneven and the film meanders at times but it's mostly a worthy film with an interesting story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Stratton The Australian If the film has a flaw it's that it doesn't quite reach the satisfying climax it promises; it's beautiful, even powerful, but rather bleak. Rated: 4/5 Dec 16, 2020 Full Review Jake Wilson The Age (Australia) MacKay is not lacking in talent, but for a first-time director he may have taken on a little too much. While the scattered quality of the storytelling may be partly deliberate, a bigger problem is the lack of consistent tone. Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 10, 2020 Full Review Luke Buckmaster Guardian The first-time feature filmmaker captures an intriguing stillness derived heavily from the land, which is vast and unforgiving, of course; it wouldn't be an Australian western if it wasn't. Rated: 4/5 Dec 8, 2020 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation A solid if somewhat slow Australian variation on the "gold fever leads to gold madness" "Treasure of Sierra Madre" theme. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 8, 2023 Full Review Jane Freebury The Canberra Times (Australia) A remarkable first feature film... Rated: 4/5 Aug 23, 2022 Full Review Alistair Lawrence Common Sense Media This is still a bold, interesting movie that has the potential to encourage filmmakers and audiences to think differently about a genre that is often guilty of neglecting the past. Rated: 3/5 Sep 20, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with Crown-marked gold bars.
      Director
      Roderick Mackay
      Executive Producer
      Roderick Mackay
      Screenwriter
      Roderick Mackay, Roderick MacKay
      Production Co
      Southern Light Films
      Genre
      Adventure, Drama, Western
      Original Language
      English (Australia)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 14, 2021
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