Out of the Furnace (2013)

Out of the Furnace poster

Out of the Furnace (2013)

There are certain movies that appear to be destined for greatness and Out of the Furnace looked like one of them.

Out of the Furnace Bale

Christian Bale is one of the most versatile actors of our time.  I’ve been a fan of his ever since I watched Newsies (1992) for the first when I was a little kid.  Bale has become such a great actor that I eagerly await all of his new movies.  Out of the Furnace especially sparked my interest after I learned how many other big names are in the cast.

Russell Baze (Christian Bale) goes looking for his younger brother, Rodney, (Casey Affleck) after he goes missing.  Russell will stop at nothing to get his brother back and release his own form of justice on whoever is responsible for taking him.

Out of the Furnace Affleck Bale

The film was directed by Scott Cooper and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Woody Harrelson, Willem DafoeForest WhitakerZoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, and Tom Bower.

As the title suggests, the movie is rough and only gets more severe.  It’s out of the furnace and into the fire.  The title did, in fact, suit the film quite well.  The movie was injected with pain and anger.  Eventually the intensity boiled over and the film sizzled.  Out of the Furnace stirs up the emotions and lights them on fire.  It’s easily the most powerful movie of the year.

Out of the Furnace Harrelson Affleck

Christian Bale does not cease to impress.  Nobody could have done a better job in his role, and the only thing better than Bale’s performance was the fact that the rest of the film was filled to the brim with extraordinary talent working alongside him.  The entire cast was firing on all cylinders.

This movie is not for anyone with a weak stomach.  The violence is brutal and the language is harsh.  The filmmakers’ gloves came off in order to make a film so sharp that the jagged edges will cut into your mind and all sorts of emotions will come leaking out.  Out of the Furnace will stick with you long after it ends.

Out of the Furnace Bale Saldana

The movie deserves to be nominated for an Academy Award in just about every category available.  It gets my vote for Best Picture of the Year and Bale deserves the Best Actor award, hands down.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you liked Out of the Furnace, then you will probably enjoy the following films:

The Machinist (2004)

American Hustle (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)


About Brock Winspear

Structure Therapist and Film Critic

Posted on December 11, 2013, in Drama Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good review. The cast is what really puts this over the hill. It isn’t a perfect by any means, but it’s a compelling watch if you were to find it just on television somewhere.

    • Thanks CMrok. It’s a perfect cast for the type of film that it is because it’s a great opportunity to let the actors actually act. The great actors in this film really know what they are doing and they were allowed to go with it.

  2. Great review Brock.

    I liked it a lot, but I have to disagree with you on this being the best movie of the year. I have seen a few that are better and still have numerous Oscar contenders to watch before I can make a final decision on the best movie of the year

    • In my opinion, it’s the best of the year so far. There are certainly a few Oscar contenders remaining before the year ends. I also thought Prisoners was one of the best of the year. Just out of curiosity, which movies did you like better? Captain Phillips, The Iceman, Gravity, 42, All is Lost, and 2 Guns were all solid movies. I just liked this one better. Now, I have yet to see American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, Lone Survivor, and Labor Day, so my opinion might just change. I recently saw The Book Thief and hopefully I’ll have the review up soon.

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