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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, Willem Dafoe
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DVD, Blu-ray

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

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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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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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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2014
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Scott Cooper has made a competent but hardly extraordinary thriller
which would probably pass over the horizon unnoticed were it not for
the big bucks which have clearly been shelled out on a stellar cast.

Both Christian Bale and Casey Affleck acquit themselves well as the
brothers Baze, stuck in more than one kind of hell in small-town America.

Forest Whitaker brings a little warmth to an otherwise chilly and not wholly
convincing plot as police chief Wesley Barnes and Woody Harrelson manages
to deliver a convincingly dark performance as the psychopathic DeGroat
but at the end of the day I felt that 'Out Of The Furnace', despite being a
very good looking movie, depended rather more on style than substance.

So-so.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
'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'
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2015
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Set in the Rust Belt of Pennsyltucky (the Furnace of the title perhaps) two brothers deal with the need for money in different ways. The violent death of one starts the other after revenge. There's not much of a surprise in Out Of The Furnace, in some ways it is a western where a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Excellent cast though the director lets Woody Harrison do even more gurning than usual. A twist or two would have helped but it's a competent film.
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