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Out of the Furnace (2013)

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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

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Scott Cooper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Harlan DeGroat
Dendrie Taylor ... DeGroat's Date
Carl Ciarfalio ... Man at Drive In
Nancy Mosser ... Woman at Drive In (as Nancy Mosser Bailey)
Christian Bale ... Russell Baze
Casey Affleck ... Rodney Baze Jr.
Zoe Saldana ... Lena Taylor (as Zoë Saldana)
Sam Shepard ... Gerald 'Red' Baze
Bingo O'Malley ... Rodney Baze Sr.
Tom Bower ... Dan Dugan
Willem Dafoe ... John Petty
Bobby Wolfe Bobby Wolfe ... Dwight Van Dunk
Charles David Richards ... Chaplain
Forest Whitaker ... Chief Wesley Barnes
John W. Kleer John W. Kleer ... Man at Trailer Park
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Storyline

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. Written by Production

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Taglines:

Sometimes your battles choose you.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust to Dust See more »

Filming Locations:

Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,220,288, 8 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,326,836, 2 February 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Viggo Mortensen was first approached about the role of Harlan DeGroat. See more »

Goofs

When John Petty and Rodney Baze go to Harlan DeGroat's place, DeGroat's lollipop changes size between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Baze Jr.: [about Harlan] Am I supposed to be scared of him 'cause he sucks on a lollipop?
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This film shot entirely and proudly on Kodak Film See more »

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Features The Midnight Meat Train (2008) See more »

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Performed by Pearl Jam
Written by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Dave Krusen and Mike McCready
Courtesy of Epic Records
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A Promising Start That Leads to Run-Of-The-Mill Fare
8 December 2013 | by FilmMuscleSee all my reviews

An all-star cast, comprising Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Zoe Saldana (wow!), is cast into the cavernous of troubles. Two brothers- one a former solider who served in Iraq (Rodney, played by Casey Affleck) and the other an impoverished factory worker (Russell, played by Christian Bale) - embark on vastly disparate paths. Their relationship has lost its bygone flare, considering Rodney's extensively damaged psyche and his desire to stray away from standard work, instead choosing to make money off of brutal street fighting and gambling. When he asininely involves himself with ruthless wagering criminals (led by Woody Harrelson), all circumstances invert and numerous lives are consequently affected.

The first half of the film carries an incredibly strong premise and features a truly gripping narrative that focuses on character development/characterization, which compellingly leads to the ultimate predicament. In essence, a major portion of the film's enticement should be accredited to the exceptionally powerful performances, and Casey Affleck remarkably fights for that recognition by showcasing his deteriorating soul. I mention Affleck specifically because he rarely receives ample praise for his impressive renditions. Furthermore, in that first half, the pacing is smooth and adequate as you sympathize with these distressed characters and are stunned by a sudden unfortunate incident after another, personalities still further strengthening. The arresting visual look of the film partially produces that final element of attraction to the end product.

As we proceed though and the midpoint sequence comes and goes, the pacing suddenly decelerates and we encounter additional characters and arcs that are frankly unnecessary and don't benefit the picture in any way. Once the credits roll, you don't feel like Forest Whitaker's character deserved the amount of screen time he ended up with, portraying an archetypal police officer and barely anything more. We're met with countless prolonged and dispensable scenes that are more stereotypical than beneficial to the film's substance and overall plot. The excitement of the first half, fueled by unpredictability and conflict, takes a nosedive and the thriller chooses to tediously capture the lengthy search for the villain alternatively. Finally, the audience is presented with an anticlimactic conclusion that again feels far too familiar and unsatisfying despite the enthralling story beforehand. There's essentially nothing unique in its final act to induce the amount of memorability that the first half accomplished since it ends like your typical run-of-the-mill revenge flick.

In sum, Scott Cooper effectively conveys the rural and destitute atmosphere, and the film is genuinely gritty and honest in its depiction of labor and the unrewarding lives that are led by courageous soldiers upon returning home. These are the lives of a considerably high percentage of America's population and the movie's thematic material speaks volumes on this controversial and profoundly relevant matter. Out of the Furnace certainly forces its viewers to react in particularly shocking sequences, eliciting a variety of emotions. Even though the film's quality noticeably degrades while it advances, this tale will undoubtedly provoke intrigue and fervor until the screen fades to black.


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