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Home New Releases “Out of the Furnace” looks at the visceral bond between two troubled brothers. See it NOW at MAJOR VIDEO

“Out of the Furnace” looks at the visceral bond between two troubled brothers. See it NOW at MAJOR VIDEO

Published on March 12, 2014 by in New Releases

Directed by: Scott Cooper
Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe
A Rust Belt ex-con seeks redemption by avenging his brother’s murder in this drama from CRAZY HEART writer/director Scott Cooper. The glimmer of a better life always just out of reach, Russell Baze (Christian Bale) dreams of starting a family with his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana), and resolves to earn an honest living working in the same mill where his dying father did. Meanwhile, Russell’s volatile younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) decides to serve his country by fighting in Iraq. Despite Russell’s best intentions, however, his future starts to look grim when he is sent to prison following a deadly drunk-driving accident; at the same time, Rodney begins competing in illegal fights for local bar owner John Petty (Willem Dafoe), who owes a sizable debt to the very dangerous Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a fight organizer/meth dealer who’s way too into his own product. Later, after Russell is released from prison having missed his father’s funeral, he is heartbroken to learn that Lena has become seriously involved with the local police chief, Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker). But heartache turns to anger when the desperate Rodney also gets mixed up with DeGroat, and winds up dead along with John Petty. Informed by Chief Barnes that Rodney’s body has been found by a hunter, Russell, believing he has nothing to lose, recruits his loyal uncle Red (Sam Shepard) to help him seek revenge.
“[T]his slow-burning drama should earn deserved praise for the top-drawer performances of stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a truly frightening Woody Harrelson…” (Variety)

3 stars out of 4 — “Bale’s is a pitch-perfect, understated performance in this involving neo-noir thriller. Just as impressive — and blood-curdling — is the menacing performance by Woody Harrelson.” (USA Today)

“This is only Scott Cooper’s second film as a director, but he already knows how to bring out lived-in authenticity in actors. ” (Rolling Stone)

“All of the actors are remarkable. But it’s Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.” — Grade: A- (Entertainment Weekly)

“Mr. Bale, ever the brilliantly inward performer, makes Russell sympathetic with small strokes…” (Wall Street Journal)

“Cooper makes one brilliant choice after another….Bale has given a number of memorable performances, but this just might be his best work to date.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“One of Cooper’s strengths as a director and writer is a nuanced feel for male behavior, and with such a strong and varied cast of actors at his disposal, the film almost comes across as a study in tough guys together.” (Film Comment)

“Set in a depressed Pennsylvania steel town, Scott Cooper’s blue-collar thriller is intimately lensed…” (Total Film)

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