Movie review: 'The Furnace' is a fascinating glimpse into Australian history

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By Hesham Salah

Published: Wed 24 Mar 2021, 1:51 PM

The Furnace is an extraordinary journey to the time when humanity witnessed the clash of civilizations.

These words hold more meaning that you will discover when you watch the movie. The Furnace is an Australian movie directed by Roderick MacKay, who made sure to capture the essence of each culture represented by the cast, Ahmed Malek, Samson Coulter, Baykali Ganambarr and Jay Ryan.

The story

Each actor in the movie represented a specific culture, with different feelings and emotions.

The great journey that starts and ends in the deserts of Australia showcases the struggles of both Ahmed Malek (Hanif), the young Afghan cameleer and David Wenham (Mal), a bushman who wants to escape with the Crown gold that he stole. During the scary journey, Hanif learns to appreciate the small things, and to always listen to his inner voice, and Mal learns to get rid of his greed and sacrifice his needs for the benefit of others.

The evolution of each character is very interesting, as well as the small details captured by the director, who did extensive studies about the history of the cultures that lived in old Australia. The clothes, languages, styles and locations - everything was actually great.


This film was very entertaining and as for its talented cast, I can say without doubt that this is Ahmed Malek's best performance; the way he shows his emotions, the anger, the fear, and the sadness.

Malek was not the only one with an outstanding performance, Jay Ryan (Sergeant Shaw) played his role amazingly, so did David Wenham.

The Furnace is one of the best movies I saw in 2021, and honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy the movie that much, but it is actually meaningful and touching on many levels.

If you want to start a journey that takes you decades into history, I recommend watching The Furnace.

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