#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Small-town crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, “Sandbar”) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death. Set against the grim backdrop of a hard-bitten Midwestern town, “Union Furnace” captures the desperation and the resilient optimism of the Rustbelt. An eclectic cast of supporting characters, including genre favorite Keith David (“The Thing”, “They Live”) lead the audience on a roller coaster ride of gallows humor, camaraderie, betrayal, sacrifice – and terror, in director Nicholas Bushman’s electrifying thriller.
Plot: Small-town crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, Sandbar) was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch – in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits – all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death.
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Great performance by newcomer
In small town Ohio a petty thief under pressure from a loan shark is taken under the wing of a mysterious benefactor, who offers him a role in a game that will change his life.
More satire than horror, and the violence is mild with most of it not just off screen but barely even referred to – although it does get explicit in the end. Also the sex is coy – what were they doing on the floor? – so most horror fans would give it a miss. The game is one we’ve seen in many movies over the years, so I’ll just note that it has harsh observations on inequality in the USA, including flag and anthem.
I enjoyed this. The atmosphere is seedy, the mood grim, but there’s a touch of Scorsese in the strip club scene and the actors get their teeth into the dialogue as they deliver a group of engaging characters. And then there’s the brilliant benefactor (the Lion), played with affable menace by a first time actor (and producer) who performs neat little dance moves as the ringmaster of the deadly game. He has a strong screen presence and gives the movie a real edge – more McConaughey than Hopper but still unsettling.
The game scenes have a downbeat decadence to them, reminiscent of many British movies of the ’60s. The pace is pretty good, there’s some farting about with out-of-sequence editing in the middle, and the music mostly fits well with sinister piano & synth & some scratchy strings, breaking into hill billy dance numbers during the game.
Overall, a small movie but a good ‘un – although not strong enough in its tastes.
Low budget thrills
UNION FURNACE 2015 / Metropol Pictures / 89m / $19.99 BR / NR
If one is embarking on a low budget picture it’s wise to be cognizant of the financial limitations. Unlike many a production whose goals exceed their capital “Union Furnace” was conceived from the get-go to be produced for very little cash. Set in a dying Appalachian town the main locales are a tacky motel and what appears to be a decrepit social hall (an antlered head on the wall might be an elk – the sparse lighting makes it difficult to be certain). Small time crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, who co-wrote the script with director Nicholas Bushman) gets hooked up with a mysterious stranger (Seth Hammond) who offers him the chance to earn tens of thousands of dollars. All he has to do is compete against other desperate contestants in front of a masked audience that will be wagering on each game. The premise isn’t anything we haven’t seen before but the presentation has rarely been so grim and gritty thanks to the cash-strapped budget and a cast of mostly unfamiliar faces. (Keith David is the closest thing to a name here and his presence suggests that his career has not exactly been going full bore since “Platoon.”)
In addition to the low-rent settings (the most elaborate and colorful “set” is a strip club that assuredly is not something constructed for the film), the disguised audience wears cheap dimestore Halloween masks (which are surprisingly unsettling) and, except for the final sequence, the photography makes no effort to sweeten the lighting from the harsh and nasty fluorescent illumination available. I can think of no film since “Night of the Living Dead” that has made such a virtue of its threadbare financing to deliver a visceral impact. Now this isn’t a great film and it may not even be a particularly good one. The chief deficit is that, despite many of them being given a soliloquy, none of the characters are fleshed out enough for the viewer to much give a damn who wins and who loses as the games grow increasingly more dangerous and ultimately lethal. The most intriguing character is the ambiguously menacing stranger who, in a gold lion masks acts as the emcee for the games. First time film actor Hammond (who also produced) is strangely reminiscent of Matthew McConaughy in “Big Mike,” particularly when he breaks out some slinky dance moves. Ultimately he may be the very best thing about a film that trots out a familiar trope and imbues it with a few new twists. longsshorttakes.wordpress.com/
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Nicholas Bushman
Writer Nicholas Bushman, Mike Dwyer
Actors Mike Dwyer, Seth Hammond, Katie Keene
Country United States
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Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic
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