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:
Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana
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Out of The Furnace

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe
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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4 of 4 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 Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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
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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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