Out Of The Furnace (2013) Review:Director:Scott Cooper/Writer:Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

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This is one of my favorite movies of the year for 2013, where do I even began. It would be wrong for me to not excite you with what this movie brings to the table, with an all-star class lead by Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, along with Forrest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. Going into this film I didn’t know what to expect considering I didn’t see much advertisement , but I couldn’t of been more wrong. The story follows two younger brothers Russel Baze(Christian Bale) and Rodney Baze Jr(Casey Affleck) going through life’s book in Pennsylvania steel town trying to find a way to a better life for themselves as Russel works at the local Mill and has a healthy relationship with his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana). Younger brother Rodney has a different vision being a war veteran and thinks he deserves better than the mill, added on with a very bad gambling problem and hanging with the wrong crowd of people. Led by the man Harlan DeGroat(Woody Harrelson) we learn that he owns a strip joint and is to not be messed with in any shape or form as we watch him condone violence to everyone throughout the film. This film relays solely on its acting performances by this cast and it makes the movie worthwhile keeping you glued to your seat. The scenes are shot very nice and you really get a feel for these men’s lifestyle and survival ways to make it by. The film turns quite sour when we Learn Russel is going to prison for something that wasn’t much his fault. We watch as he has to survive in the prison world day in and day out, while the film very well darkens. Younger brother Rodney picks up Russel after we learn that he was in for 5 years, but everything is much different than it ever has been. The boys widowed father has since passed away, Rodney has been fighting for Degroats underground fights to pay off his gambling debt and is very unstable as well as Rodney’s Girlfriend leaving him for another man. I think this film really shows how far you would go for family understanding when you come to gripes that the law will not help and you need to take matters in your own Hands. I think this Is Christian Bales best performance hands down in any of his films and delivers a stellar performance in every aspect. If you like gritty action and defeating adversity this is the film for you and is one of my favorites, I give Out Of The Furnace(2013) a 5/5.

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