Out of The Furnace 2014

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Russell and his younger brother Rodney are living in the economically-depressed Rust Belt and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. When a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, Rodney is lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything.

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1 hour 56 minutes

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Out of The Furnace

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Genres Drama
Director Scott Cooper
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Russ Baze (Christian Bale) is a blue collar worker in a mill town working at the local furnace in North Braddock, Pa. His father (Bingo O'Malley) is in his death bed, have given his life to the mill. Russ has a girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) who lives with him. His brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) has a gambling problem and owes John Petty (William Dafoe) a bar owner who also sponsors unlicensed fights.

Russ becomes a guest at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections after a drinking and driving accident. His dad dies, girlfriend leaves him and Rodney comes back from Iraq with some mental issues, but still owes John Petty. Rodney participates in the fights and becomes involved with the "Jersey mountain inbreds" of which Harlan (Woody Harrelson) is the worse with his own anger management issues and sense of ethics. This does not go well and forces Russell to get involved to the dismay of local police chief (Forest Whitaker) a man who is now living with Lena.

The acting was good. Woody Harrelson could have been on the screen more for me, but it appears they maximized his minor role with the opening scene. The film was more drama than the action thriller I was hoping for. Christian Bale's character was slow and thoughtful, yet he found himself in the kind of trouble generally reserved for those who are less so.

Very good second effort for director/writer/actor Scott Cooper.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
With an all star cast this is a production that has `promise' written all over it but is actually not greater than the sum of its parts. It is set in a depressed part of America referred to as `the rust belt' by the production team. Christian Bale plays Russell Baze who works at the local steel works like his daddy before him. Younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) just wants out and has joined the army to escape the hum drum existence of small town USA.

On his return Russell has landed up in prison for a terrible twist of circumstance. Rodney meanwhile has got involved with the world of underground bare knuckle fighting in order to pay off his debts. Problem is this is a world dominated by the likes of Harlan DeGroat - played by an as ever excellent Woody Harrelson. He is the sort of guy that would give you nightmares and he don't take prisoners. Throw into the mix some very unsavoury characters a small but very good part for Willem Dafoe and a caring cop - Forest Whitaker, and you have what should be a more than satisfying crime thriller.

The thing is this should have been excellent - even the music is done by Dickon Hinchliffe (ex of `Tindersticks') and adds excellent mood and pace, but it is still just above pedestrian in places. I think this could be down to the plot which will hold scant few surprises albeit with a few twists along the way. The acting is often from the `mumbling is acting' school, which just makes people hard to understand and some of the on screen antics require a bit too much faith on the part of the viewer. Still this is far from a bad film and is more than adequate to keep you entertained on an evening's video choice and if you are a fan of any of the main stars you will not be let down by their performances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Tavener VINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2014
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This is a perfectly serviceable film - but it is not the most memorable piece of cinema you will ever encounter.

Given the calibre of the cast, I was surprised that I hadn't heard anything about this before now. Having seen the film, it is clear why it didn't set the box office on fire.

It is what it is - a film that does not deliver on the expectations that having such a decent cast would ordinarily raise. The script is mediocre, the direction serviceable.

It just isn't good enough to make you sit up and really take notice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2014
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Like many people who watched and reviewed this film I too was disappointed. The cast pulls you in and I expected a fast moving thriller. I was very disappointed but kept watching in the hope that the film had a big finish. It didn't it was a wet squib! I really can't understand why such a cast agreed to be in such a mediocre film. Well this DVD will be collecting dust on the shelf I am afraid
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2014
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There is something about Scott Cooper's film, "Out of the Furnace", that perpetually niggles away at the back of the mind, making you feel all of the time that it could somehow have been so much better. And yet I for one could not put my finger in just what it is. Perhaps it is no one thing, but a combination of many, all of them interconnected.

There is much about the film that is, superficially at least, reminiscent of "The Deer Hunter [1978]", with its mix of combat fatigue, world weariness and self-destructive leanings of broken men. It also shares some of the earlier movie's iconic screen moments, which it is hard to believe are coincidental. But the comparison does the film no favours: Christian Bale, good as he is, is no Robert De Niro; the action is so slow-moving as to be glacial and the storyline takes so many sideways hops it is often unclear just what its real message is meant to be.

In summary, then, this is not a bad movie, but neither is it a great one. It is a slow-paced movie, and a depressing movie, and one that feels to have nothing new to bring to the party. And yet, it is oddly compelling and also, in an weird sort of way, almost likeable.
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