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Movie Review: Out Of The Furnace

 
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Patrick King wrote this review 3 years and 11 months ago

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Christian Bale superbly portrays a small town steelworker in Pennsylvania attempting to help his brother avoid trouble while at the same time trying to navigate through his own chaotic blue-collar life of uncertainty. A strong left-right combination of Hollywood heavyweights in the film includes Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe. This is an intense, dark film with several violent scenes; all pinpointing our societal ills that most of us would never see, but also fully aware of its existence.

Bale is remarkable and continues his trademarked gritty performances from 2010’s ‘The Fighter’ and 2004’s ‘The Machinist’ with this thriller. Make no mistake, ‘Out of the Furnace’ is not a feel-good holiday movie, but instead a fascinating windshield tour into neighborhoods we’d normally never contemplate going into nor want to live in. Go ahead a skip grabbing your lunch pale, thermos, Remington 30-06 rifle and even this movie if you’d prefer to not sit through violence ripped from today’s headlines.

The furnace of troubles this film produces is a constant, high heat of realism smoldering in the back hills that will leave you feeling more knowledgeable about others’ plight but probably less comfortable seeing it up close, sitting shot-gun in a truck cab. Grade: B+

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