Out of the Furnace 2013

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Russell (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight trilogy) and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me) 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. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Starring:
Forest Whitaker, Christian Bale
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Out of The Furnace

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Forest Whitaker, Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana
Director Scott Cooper
Genres Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Forest Whitaker, Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana
Director Scott Cooper
Genres Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2014
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At one time intended as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, who stayed on as one of the film's many producers (Ridley Scott among them), Out of the Furnace is the kind of film that was bread and butter for commercial cinema - particularly the drive-ins - in the 70s but these days gets relegated to the Oscar-bait arthouse circuit. On paper there' certainly the danger of being one of those films where very rich actors pretend to be very poor working folks and usually make a patronising job of it, but here the performances are uniformly excellent and convincing even if the plot relies on one of the mainstays of indie films since Mean Streets: the two friends/brothers, one responsible, the other anything but, the latter's problems with very bad crooks dragging the former down with him. And the film certainly has plenty of potential for exploitation movie cliché as it turns into a revenge thriller as Christian Bale's blue collar ex-con seeks revenge on Woody Harrelson's genuinely menacing bare-knuckle fight arranger and drug runner over the wrong done to his Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck. Yet while there's certainly some tension in the last half hour in a crackhouse scene and the finale, the focus is firmly on the underplayed performances rather than the thin plot.

Bale has real presence in the lead without turning into a movie star, Affleck avoids all the obvious pitfalls and big notes that are the staples of his kind of role and Harrelson will convince you it must have been another actor in Cheers and that this one is the kind of person you'd want to keep an ocean between you and him.
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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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