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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Product Details

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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3.5 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I enjoyed Out of the Furnace to a certain extent - populated by quality, intense acting performances, there's enough here to make it worth your while. It is bleak though, almost unrelentingly grim.

It's basically a tale of two brothers - Russell and Rodney - played by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. After returning from fighting for his country overseas, Rodney falls in with the wrong crowd, Russell disapproves but it seems there's not much he can do about it. Things take a nasty turn and it falls to Russell to pick up the pieces one way or the other.

It's heavy stuff for the most part - drink driving fatalities, jail beatings, bare fist fighting, spousal battery, disowned war vets - it's all here in this tale of regret and remorse. The cast carry things rather well, as well as good performances from Bale and Affleck there's support from the likes of Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and a brutal Woody Harrelson. Zoe Saldana pops up as well but I feel she's a bit short changed in a small role.

It's all nicely shot as well and this world the characters live in is well realised but it's just not necessarily a world you want to spend too much time in.
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11 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2014
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Another effective slow burner with a terrific cast which managed to slip under the radar. Admittedly, though the film has many more plus than minus points, it would be difficult to market this in such a way to earn a lot of money. It's a grim little film, filled with ugly characters screwing over life's unfortunate losers, it's a revenge thriller, a tale of brotherhood, a tale of loss, a story of the awful lengths we will go to to make ends meet or to hide oneself from past pains.

Bale and Affleck are brothers in a crumbling industrial town - one a homeboy, happy to follow in his father's factory working ways, the other a military veteran with gambling problems who refuses to settle for a life like his family. Trouble is already brewing when we start, with Affleck' s character involved in bare knuckle fights to cover debts, fights set up by Willem Defoe. After a fatal car accident, things spiral out of control and Harrelson' scumbag gangster type character becomes involved.

Aside from the obvious acting talent on display (Including others in smaller roles not mentioned - Saldana, Whitaker, Shepard), the director does a decent job of conveying the helplessness and despair of the situations the characters find themselves in, and handles all the tragedy and anguish without sentiment. The grungy soundtrack gives everything an effective, dated mood, a further suggestion of the people and parts of America who are unknowingly past their sell by date. Well worth watching, but don't expect a pleasant trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2014
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Although it takes a long time getting to the point, this film is basically about a man seeking revenge for his brother's death. Christian Bale plays the lead and does an excellent job, while Woody Harrelson is slightly less convincing in the role of drug dealer and generally unpleasant crime kingpin.

There are some images and concepts that are bound to trigger thoughts of The Deerhunter, and while that is as good to watch today as it was more than thirty years ago, I rather doubt that Out of The Furnace will stand in the memory for very long, even though it's more than watchable and the acting and direction is of a high standard. Perhaps its strongest point is its down-to-earth portrayal of the trials and tribulations of working-class people on the fringes of (if not well outside) the more stereotypical US suburbs. Its strength lies mainly in the acting and characterisation but this is slightly uneven, with Willem Dafoe providing very good support to the versatile and ever-reliable Christian Bale, but Forest Whitaker's contribution feels like an almost unnecessary cameo part while Woody Harrelson doesn't put his heart and soul into what was effectively a pivotal role in the story.

In the end, Bale carries it, but there isn't really a great deal more to it than a snapshot of a semi-forgotten America and a mission of revenge and retribution that doesn't quite hit the mark because of the near absence of any meaningful background to the two brothers' lives and their relationship with each other. What Bale's character ends up doing seems slightly out of sorts with his apparently stronger loves and loyalties that until then had been channeled mainly towards his girlfriend, played by Zoe Saldana in another minor part for an A-lister.
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