The bond between two brothers is tested when one lands in prison and the other gets mixed up with a backwoods criminal psychotic.
Woody Harrelson (Harlan), Christian Bale (Russell), Casey Affleck (Rodney), Zoe Saldana (Lena), Sam Shepard (Gerald ‘Red’), Willem Dafoe (Petty), Forest Whitaker (Chief Barnes), Tom Bower (Dan).
Out of the Furnace is a bit slow to start and remains slow for the duration. The story is slow to unfold with a lot of character and plot development along the way. Although there is a fair amount of action it felt downplayed to the point the film almost felt lethargic. The plot, while interesting, is your typical sibling revenge story with some mild additions as an attempt at being unique. What is left feels like a fairly realistic depiction of drama filled events with an ending that doesn’t cheat the storyline.
Acting was pretty good in Out of the Furnace. Whitaker delivered very well and was integral to the film. Bale was also on his game with good emotion and delivery. Harrelson was in type once again in a role with a bit of crazy that fits him well. Saldana, Shepard, Dafoe and the remainder of the cast did very well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds felt appropriately dingy and fit the film perfectly. Physical effects and makeup were very nicely done with a solid, realistic feel. Dialogue was nicely done with solid depth and emotion. Sound and soundtrack were fitting.
In the end, which may bring a tear to your eye, Out of the Furnace is a reasonably well done crime drama with a focus on the drama. Those who enjoy the drama genre will enjoy this the most while others may feel the film lacks action and energy.
With plenty of graphic violence, foul language, gore, drug use, and adult situations, save this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Dramas, Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers
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