MOVIE REVIEW: Out of the Furnace

Christian Bale superbly portrays a small town steelworker 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. 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 and skip grabbing your lunch pale, 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 pick-up truck.

Grade: B+

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Out of the Furnace

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