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.
'Christian Bale' leads an all-star cast in this no-nonsense drama from 'Scott Cooper' (writer and director of 'Crazy Heart) 'Russell Baze' (Christian Bale) leads a pretty mundane existence working at a 'Steel Plant' his family Plant' his family his priority in life. Brother 'Rodney' (Casey Affleck)who had served in 'Iraq' is a bit of a loose cannon in civvi-street, to keep his head above water he takes part in Bare-knuckle fights. He wants that one big score and with the reluctant wheeler-dealer 'John Petty' (William Defoe) he becomes involved with a 'Drug' operative in the seemingly cop-free zone of the Hill and backwoods. 'Rodney' goes missing, the Police seem powerless solving the mystery, and have failed to come up with any quick answers. 'Russell' puts his life on hold to find his brother and encroaches into a dangerous world, his path is sure to cross with rough-diamond 'Harlan DeGroat' (Woody Harrelson) who he'd briefly come across at 'John Petty's' office earlier. An often intense and gritty drama with graphic fight scenes and tense moments. A well made movie, well worth taking time out to watch. Great picture and Sound Quality throughout. Currently available on Region 'A' Becoming available on Region 'B' 2nd June 2014. Features (I would expect to be the same when released in the U.K) * Out of the Furnace' in High-Definition. * Inspiration : The Stars of 'Out of the Furnace' reveal what inspired them to become Actors. * Conversation with Co-writer/ Director - 'Scott Cooper' * Crafting the Fight-Scenes. * The music of 'Out of the Furnace'
A good movie, it is not my usual type of movie but I enjoyed it, if the pace of the movie was a little faster I would have given it four stars. As usual great acting performance from Christian Bale, but Woody Harrelson really stepped up in this movie. Right from the first scent you can feel bad intentions off him right through the screen.
Russell Baze, is the brother that does everything right he work in a dead-end job without any complaints, good to his girlfriend, he looks out for his younger wilder brother Rodney Baze he is handy round the house, and even visits his sick father. So of course he is the brother who ends up in jail which ends his relationship. Rodney has meanwhile completed a couple of tours in the army. Released Russell simply goes back to work, Rodney is determined not to end up in a go nowhere job, turns to illegal bare knuckle boxing. Frustrated by the nickel and dime fight he asks for a big money fight hosted by a deep Southern drug lord Harlan DeGroat (Harrelson). When Rodney does not come back, the police force seems unable to do thing Russell takes over. This is dark intense movie but just a little slow for me.
A crappy film about crappy people with crappy lives, so who cares what happens to them? With a plot and scenes taken from other films of this nature, it is completely unoriginal and devoid of merit. I always think of the obscene amount of money Hollywood actors get paid for rubbish such as this and I resent and regret having paid to view it. No drama, no tension, and a let-down of an ending. Avoid it.