Summary: A quality production, with awards-bid performances from Bale and Affleck to prove it… but, as signaled by the curiously unmemorable title, it flounders while trying to come up with a story to embody the things it wants to say about the sorry state of modern America. Worth seeing, but a near-miss.
Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review: Burning Too Many Fires
5 April 2014
Excerpt: Out of the Furnace is a frustrating misfire, made all the more dispiriting by the unwarranted high caliber of acting talent it attracted. As writer/director Scott Cooper’s second feature film, its most lasting impact is the recognition that his first film, Crazy Heart, also wasn’t very good.
Excerpt: Uncomfortable and fleshy violence is Out of the Furnace’s artistic hallmark, an ample revenge story with brooding character embellishment prior to its certain eventuality. Harlan DeGroat is too despicable for cinema to leave him be.
Conclusion: Dark, depressing, and hopelessly bleak, 'Out of the Furnace' makes a sober statement about the prevalence and futility of violence in our society and the dead-end nature of many American lives.
Conclusion: While I wasn’t too enthused with the extras, the picture and audio quality on the film are incredible. One should at least seek out this Blu-ray, via a rental to see how incredible this presentation is.
Excerpt: Despite what your personal thoughts about Christian Bale might be, I have to say that the guy gets into his roles. I know he’s been acting since he was a child, but I first noticed him in 1999’s American Psycho . He took the part over from Leonardo DiCaprio who had to bow out of the film.
Conclusion: My colleague Brian Orndorf evidently like Out of the Furnace a bit more than I did, and so for those who might want a second opinion, I refer you to Brian's review . There's no denying the gritty honesty of this film, at least with regard to Russell's character, but so much horrible stuff happens to...