If you desire a change of pace from the usually cinematic blockbusters, then check out Scott Cooper’s, Out of the Furnace. You may remember Mr. Cooper’s Academy Award nominated movie Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges, who received an Oscar in 2009 for best actor in that film.
Out of the Furnace is a really well acted movie, albeit, slow with a very dark and haunting tone. The acting is first-class. Christian Bale does a terrific job at playing the working-class hero Russell Baze who is trying to keep his brother out of trouble while caring for his ailing father. Woody Harrelson gives a terrifying performance as the antagonist Harlan DeGroat. Did I mention Casey Affleck? Ben’s Affleck baby brother gives a heart-wrenching performance as Rodney Baze Jr., Russell’s ill-fated brother.
Now I realize this movie may not be for everyone; the subject matter is about vengeance and has some very violent scenes. However, if you enjoyed Winter’s Bone you’ll probably like this. Like Winter’s Bone, Out of the Furnace is somewhat depressing. Nevertheless, if you like character-driven dramas, then this movie is right up your alley.
Out of the Furnace is definitely not for children, so please leave them at home with the babysitter. This is more suitable for an adult’s night out.
4 out of 5 star.
Title: Out of the Furnace (2013)
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana
Synopsis: Out of the Furnace is a tale about two brothers trying their best to cope in a working class town. The younger brother, desperate to leave town, succumbs to gambling. Unable to pay back his debt, his older brother willingly steps to help starting a terrifying chain of events.