Thursday, December 5, 2013
Out of the Furnace Review - 2 Stars
“Out of the Furnace” tells a tough story about tough people with a stellar cast, but feels like a lot of other better told movies. Christian Bale works at a dying steel mill in Pennsylvania. When his brother Casey Affleck returns from Iraq, he recommends Casey work in the mill. But Casey wants a different life and falls in with the tough criminals who stage bare knuckle back woods fights. Menacing Woody Harrelson takes Casey on and when Affleck refuses to take a dive murders him. Bale, fresh from a jail term for killing a bystander while DUI, mourns the loss of his soul mate Zoe Saldana who takes up with local constable Forest Whitaker. Bale insists Whitaker find his brother’s killers, but they’re a wiley backwoods crew, so Bale takes it on himself. “Out of the furnace” tells a familiar blue-collar rust belt story. This one feels earnest but flat and predictable. Does it deliver what it promises? Blue collar drama. Is it entertaining? Earnest but a labor to watch. Is it worth the price of admission? Feels recycled.