Fences

2016

Action / Drama

248
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92% · 273 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 118205 118.2K

Top cast

Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson
Viola Davis as Rose Maxson
Lesley Boone as Evangelist Preacher
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1003.16 MB
1280*534
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
Seeds 100+
2.09 GB
1920*800
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
Seeds 100+
6.19 GB
3828*1584
English 5.1
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 18 min
Seeds 85

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sleepin_Dragon 6 / 10

The great acting helps to elevate this film.

Troy Maxson missed out on so many opportunities as a young man, held back for one reason alone, his colour, when it comes to his own family, he can't help but be influenced by the bitterness inside of him.

It's a solid movie, it's one of those where when it finished, I contemplated how awesome it would be seeing this on stage, I could only imagine seeing Troy ranting to a captivated audience about the injustice of it all.

I've got to be honest, at times I found this quite a frustration watch, the movie's time line seemed to randomly jump about at times, I couldn't see the purpose it served. I found Troy quite hard to connect with, definitely an angry and frustrated guy, he seemed to take his frustrations out on those closest to him, talk about tough love.

I found the visuals very pleasing, nice camera work, very easy on the eye.

Fences is definitely well acted, Washington was very good, but Viola Davies was outstanding, I thought she stole the show, as she so always does.

6/10.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 9 / 10

Back when Hank Aaron was a nobody...

When Denzel and Viola were on Broadway in the successful revival of this August Wilson play, I would walk by the Cort theater as the show let out, wishing that I was a part of that very racially mixed audience. I was lucky enough to snag a playbill, but snagging an affordable ticket was impossible. I've stood in the back of the Cort theater for shows for standing room only, but that wasn't possible for this smash hit. In my many years of theater going, I've gotten to see one August Wilson play, "The Piano Lesson", learning about how the characters in all those plays were somehow connected, and that helped strike an interest in me to see all the others.

Through lengthy conversations, the characters played by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis brought to the forefront every aspect of their personalities. Washington doesn't get much sympathy as the typical hard headed man of the house, objecting to his younger son's determination to get a sports scholarship (as he was considered too old when black men were finally able to join the professional leagues) and always harassing the older adult son over financial issues. His showier role however is upstaged by the subtlety of Viola Davis who quietly tries to guide him away from his stubborn ways while keeping their home happy. It's her steel magnolia that remains the heart and soul, while old fashioned macho pride threatens to vanquish everything she's managed to achieve. She remains a gentle and dignified soul, even when Washington drops a huge bombshell on her.

Thought provoking and human, this is quite theatrical, an aspect that modern audiences might have a difficult time adapting to. Davis, who won a leading actress Tony, won the supporting actress Oscar, and it's very apparent that she should have been considered leading. I've seen some fine actresses in my time of all races, and Davis ranks near the top of the greatest. She's like a storm brewing inside, one that doesn't want to move up to hurricane level but eventually finds she has no choice. Davis allows herself to look undignified in one harsh moment where the young son must rush in to defend their mother, something I can totally identify with, bringing up long suppressed memories. This shows several variations of the human soul, some ugly and yet very human, and one gorgeous and heroic. It's the fences between the different levels of humanity that drives the idea home that it takes a special kind of heart to tear down those fences for good.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 6 / 10

Great Performances

In the 50's, in Pittsburgh, the bitter and proud fifty-three year-old garbageman Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) lives a simple life in a poor neighborhood with his wife Rose Maxson (Viola Davis), his teenage son Cory (Jovan Adepo), who is an amateur football player, and his brother Gabriel "Gabe" (Mykelti Williamson) that is an insane man after losing part of his skull in the war. His best friend is Jim Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson), who works with him, and his estranged thirty-four year-old son Lyons (Russell Hornsby) is married and tries to survive as a musician with financial difficulties. Troy is a frustrated man since he was too old to become a professional baseball player when the leagues began to admit black athletes. He refuses to receive the recruiter of a college and consequently does not allow Cory to join college. The tension increases in his family when he confesses to Rose that he has a mistress that is pregnant. Meanwhile he has been building a fence in the limits of his real estate.

"Fences" is a heavy drama in the 50's in a black community with a black family. The lead character Troy Maxson is not a bad man; actually he is a provider that delivers his paycheck to his wife. However, he is an illiterate man that treats his son the way he was treated in the past. He tries to protect him from the disappointments he had with sports and is unable to see that times are changing. But his attitudes build a fence between his family and he and Troy ends the story alone. The performances are top-notch and Viola Davis and Denzel Washington deserve the nominations to the Oscar. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Um Limite Entre Nós" ("A Limit Between Us")

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