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Out of the Furnace put simply is a story about two brothers struggling to survive in an economically crippled town. When the youngest brother Rodney goes missing after becoming involved in a underground crime ring, his eldest brother Russell is forced to take matters into his own hands and seek out justice himself.
That’s all I want to tell you about Out of the Furnace as one of the great things about it is trying to figure out where the plot and characters will end up by closing credits.
My favourite film of the year so far (yes, I’m aware it’s only January) it’s filled with a massive amount of depth and realism that will move and shock you in equal measure from the get go with one of the most brutal openings to a film I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s the best type of film which will break your heart, anger you and which has a decent amount of tension throughout which left me on the edge of my seat a number of times. It also deals with wider issues such as redemption, the economy and the anger and horrors troops serving over seas have to deal with, all of which is written brilliantly by director Scott Cooper and Brad Ingelsby.
Because it feels so real in part due to the fantastic direction by Cooper and camerawork by Dante Ludovici who really keeps us tight and close up to the action and the characters faces, you can’t help but feel pulled right into the film and invest in the people on screen.
It’s beautifully acted by everyone involved with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck’s central performances as the two brothers being completely believable and natural. They put in two of the best performances of their career so far, particularly Affleck who brings a real intense and raw presence to the film.
However it’s Woody Harrelson who steals the show this time around as Harlan DeGroat, the films antagonist and one of the most vile, twisted and psychotic characters to grace the screen in some time. The sheer brutality of his character will make you want to turn away from the screen but you’ll no doubt find yourself transfixed by his performance.
And that’s how I felt through the entire film, completely and utterly transfixed.
Out of the Furnace is stunning to look at, filled with exceptional acting all round and has a script filled to the brim with substance and tension. It may not have the oscar buzz that surrounds most films released this time of the year but it none the less deserves your attention.