Out of the Furnace


Out of the Furnace

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While it may not make the most of its incredible cast, Out of the Furnace is still so packed with talent that it's hard to turn away.



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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The impressive cast of Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson are rounded out by Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. (c) Relativity

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Christian Bale
as Rodney Baze, Jr.
Woody Harrelson
as Harlan DeGroat
Casey Affleck
as Russell Baze
Zoe Saldana
as Lena Taylor
Sam Shepard
as Gerald "Red" Baze
Forest Whitaker
as Chief Wesley Barnes
Willem Dafoe
as John Petty
Dendrie Taylor
as DeGroat's Date
Carl Ciarfalio
as Man at Drive In
Nancy Mosser Bailey
as Woman at Drive In
Bingo O'Malley
as Bodney Baze, Sr.
Tom Bower
as Dan Dugan
Bobby Wolfe
as Dwight Van Dunk
John Kleer
as Man at Trailer Park
Boyd Holbrook
as Tattooed Guy
Corey Rieger
as Skinny Guy
Jack Erdie
as Meth Guy
Gordon Michaels
as Bergen County Officer
Jason Greear
as Undercover Cop
Elias Lemon
as SWAT Team Member #3
Angela Kauffman
as Woman at Bar
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Critic Reviews for Out of the Furnace

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (47)

  • Christian Bale still makes this rather run-of-the-mill proposition appealing, regardless of how oddly unfashionable he may currently be.

    Feb 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It never sings. The script is clunky, its outcome peculiarly futile.

    Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a picture with weight - perhaps more weight than bite.

    Jan 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A strong first half gives way to genre predictability.

    Jan 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/5
  • Aims for Bruce Springsteen with its blue-collar big themes and stadium-rock emotion but ends up as a bandana-wearing cliché.

    Jan 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This is a movie that might have been a great drama at four hours with a more ambitious script and a director with a vision or something to say.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out of the Furnace

  • Apr 07, 2016
    I am usually the first of the haters to criticize Christian Bale, as I never really thought much of him, but sometimes it just takes one performance to start to sway your mind in the other direction. Rarely do you see an actor cast in a role, that is absolutely perfect for them, but the lead role of Russell Baze fits Christian Bale like a glove. I have never seen Bale fit more easily into a role or take charge of a story the way he does here. Russell is an ex-con and the shame of his family. As Russell rots away in jail, his little brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck), has to take care of his ailing father, and try to keep Russell's wife from leaving him. When Russell finally gets out of jail, Rodney, an amateur fighter, finally gets the chance to leave the rust belt and earn some real money. Rodney appears on his way to doing just that, when he disappears in a notoriously brutal part of the mountains, leaving his brother alone to try and do the right thing. Along the lines of Winter's Bone, Joe, & Mud, Out of The Furnace is another dark, rural thrillers, that is all the rage in Hollywood these days, and while there are a lot of wannabes and copy-cats, when someone figures out the correct formula you end up with a gem like this. The writing here is Oscar worthy and the character development is everything I crave in a film. Out of The Furnace is under two hours long, but when it's done, I feel as though I know the characters in the same was as if I'd just watched 100 episodes of some TV show. I felt their emotions, I was empathetic to their situations, and I was on the edge of my seating waiting to see what would happen next. These are all marks of a great film, and while I don't really care for Christian Bale, he really has never been better.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2015
    The cast put in good performances and the story works. It's not perfect, but it's watchable.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2014
    Well put together and directed despite the story's predictability. Ultimately entertaining and gripping.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2014
    Mediocre at best. Starts out interestingly enough, but this movie gets distracted and unfocused. It doesn't know which story it wants to tell, so it tells all of the characters' stories, which just doesn't work here. It's trying to be about the two brothers, but it doesn't focus on them enough for it to mean much. And the whole telling all the characters' stories thing would work really well if this was a mini-series (maybe something they should look into) but just fails completely here because not enough background is given on most of the characters to make you care. So this is an ambitious attempt to tell a story but it ultimately falls short of whatever its goal was.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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