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Superb Cast and Brilliant Crime Thriller. Don't miss it!,
This review is from: Out of The Furnace [DVD]  (DVD)
U.S. Army soldier, Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck), could never be the same after the horrors he saw on his last tour of duty in Iraq. He explains this to his older brother, Russell (Christian Bale), whose done some prison time and wants better for his brother. He wants Rodney to work with him at the local steel factory. It's an honest living after all, but Rodney has get-rich-quick plans: he gambles and loses, fights and wins some, but he's heavily in debt all the same to John Petty (Willem Dafoe) who has connections with Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a vicious mountain man. When Rodney begs John Petty to set him up a fight through the likes of DeGroat, he refuses to take no for an answer and Petty caves in. When Rodney disappears following a fight, even local police Chief, Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker) seems out of his depth. It's up to Russell to find out what happened to his brother.
Out of the Furnace (2013) is one of the best crime thrillers that I've seen in a while. Be warned, it starts off with a very violent scene involving Woody Harrelson that left me feeling both stunned and shocked. Then it moves on. The movie isn't all about violence (although it is often heavy with menace and tension, and there are several fight scenes), but delves deeper into the characters, their behaviour towards, and relationships with, each other. Christian Bale and Forest Whitaker always give fine performances but Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck take the spot light in this one. There's a fine supporting cast from actors who often take the leading role. It was great to see Sam Shepard in a better supporting role than I'd seen him play for a while. He was scarcely on screen in August: Osage County (2013).