Out of the Furnace is a working class struggle film that shows how a man can descend into lower moral places when all hope is taken away.
“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.” -IMDB
This is a good description but there are some other elements at play. One being a brother’s keeper, even into adulthood is clearly there. How long should one protect and shelter a sibling? Beyond that, can you blame a person for gambling and street boxing (which is very bloody) when there are not rational solutions to a working class existence. Has the man failed society or has society failed the man? These are interesting topics presented in the plot.
Christian Bale Russell Baze
Casey Affleck Rodney Baze Jr.
Zoe Saldana (as Zoë Saldana) Lena Taylor
Woody Harrelson Harlan DeGroat
Bale does a great job in this role. He is suffering. H etries his best with the bad hand he has been dealt but you feel his frustration in never getting ahead. Affleck also does an amazing job. It was a pleasure watching these two brothers in the script playing off each other.
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Fri 06 Dec 2013 UTC
IMDB Rating: 6.8
My Final Thoughts
Great film. A little gritty and violent so not for everyone. Not a feel good film but vengeance fans may enjoy it.