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Out of the Furnace (2013)


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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)

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Trailer for Out of the Furnace (2013)


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Out of the Furnace (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

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

The film is directed by Scott Cooper.  Who is Scott Cooper?  I had to look him up too.  The only other movie that Cooper directed is Crazy Heart (2009).  Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Crazy Heart.  Cooper has received a lot of critical acclaim for that film.  It appears like Cooper just might have another Oscar contender on his hands with this new film Out of the Furnace.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Dendrie Taylor, and Tom Bower.

If you get a group of actors like that together to make a movie, it’s hard to expect anything less than excellence.

The film is set to release on 12/06/13.

I’ll be in the theatre in December to let you know if this film meets my expectations.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)


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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

I have not really ever been a big fan of the Star Trek franchise.  I have seen some of the earlier movies and an assortment of episodes from a few of the television shows.  For one reason or another, I just could not get into Star TrekStar Trek Into Darkness appeared like it was going to be different than the previous movies.  This new movie looked intriguing and it made me decide to give Star Trek another chance.

Star Trek Into Darkness Chris Pine

Star Trek Into Darkness follows the crew of the Enterprise lead by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine).  He is tasked with tracking down a man responsible for attacking their organization.

Star Trek Into Darkness Ships

I saw the film in 3D and the special effects were wonderful.  It’s the best 3D movie that I have ever seen.  Technology has sure come a long way.  This was one film that I think is completely worth the extra cost to see in 3D.

Many parts of previous Star Trek movies have seemed a little too corny at times.  They all have had a lot of cool ideas mixed with some cheesy dialogue.  There has also been some great technology and some things that have seemed so far out that they come off as tacky.

Star Trek Into Darkness Volcano

In Star Trek Into Darkness, they seem to have gotten all of the tweaks out.  I felt that the filmmakers did an excellent job of updating the entire concept of Star Trek.  They successfully made it more appealing to a wider audience.  I am living proof of that because they got me to go out and see it, when I wasn’t going to let that happen before.

Star Trek Into Darkness Group

The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams and has a very solid cast that includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho.

The film was exciting.  The computer graphics, special effects, etc., etc. were all amazing and made everything a bit more believable, considering the subject matter.  The dialogue was well-written and didn’t get cheesy this time around.  There was a bit of humor thrown in throughout the whole film to help make it more entertaining.  The characters were well-rounded and the story kept my attention.

Star Trek Into Darkness Cumberbatch

Overall, in my opinion, Star Trek Into Darkness is the best Star Trek movie that I have seen and likely better than the few that I haven’t seen.  Do yourself a favor and see it in 3D to make your movie watching experience even better.  Star Trek Into Darkness got me into Star Trek.  I might just have to go back and watch Star Trek (2009) and we’ll see where that takes me.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

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Trailer for Star Trek into Darkness (2013)


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Star Trek into Darkness (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

For those of you who know me, you know that I am not a huge Star Trek fan.  With that being said, Star Trek into Darkness actually looks semi-decent.  I just may have to check it out when it releases.  If I like it, I may have to go back and give some of the other movies a second look.  This new Star Trek does not look like your average Star Trek.  Even the poster looks intriguing for a Star Trek movie.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Jon Lee Brody, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Nolan North, Nick Tarabay, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Tom Archdeacon, Heather Langenkamp, and Christopher Doohan.

The movie is set to release on 5/17/13.