Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Out of the Furnace’ Fires On All Cylinders

MV5BMTc2MTQ4MDU4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTU1ODgzMDE@._V1_OUT OF THE FURNACE is a dark, violent drama that fires on all cylinders…
And with a cast to die for—literally.
Written and directed by CRAZY HEART filmmaker Scott Cooper, OUT OF THE FURNACE is a gripping tale of family, fate, circumstance and justice.
The setting is 2008 in the small town of Braddock, PA where Christian Bale is following his family’s tradition of working in the steel mill.
But younger brother and Iraq vet Casey Affleck has no interest in joining Bale in the mill. Instead, he’s hanging with the wrong crowd and ending up in a local gambling fight ring. But that’s not bringing in enough money to pay off his ever growing gambling debts.
So to reach for a bigger purse, Affleck talks local bookie/promoter Willem DaFoe into introducing him to hillbilly loon and drug lord Woody Harrelson who stages high stakes, bare knuckle fights deep in the backwood hills of the neighboring county (and state)—only to pay the ultimate prize.
out-of-the-furnace-woody-harrelsonHarrelson here as the psycho head of his band of inbred thugs pulls off the performance of his career. Or at least ONE of his very best…..
There’s got to be an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor awaiting him in the wings.
Ditto both Bale and Affleck’s strong screen presence, which could bring forth Best Actor and Supporting Actor nominations respectively.
Obviously there’s much more to this intriguing revenge story than outlined in this brief review. I’ll leave it up to you to discover it, including the terrific supporting roles by the likes of Willem DaFoeForest WhitakerSam Shepard and Zoe Saldana.
These are all characters you can sink your teeth into.
Grim. Gruesome. Gritty—and strong R-rated for violence.
Shades of WINTER’S BONE?
OUT OF THE FURNACE as co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott and it’s one of the most intense films I’ve seen in some time. New this weekend citywide.
I’m giving it a strong B.
(Reviewed at AMC Ward Parkway Theatre)
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8 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Out of the Furnace’ Fires On All Cylinders

  1. BB says:

    Sounds stupid. Typical American guns and violence…what a bore. Good luck with that….it seems to be working out real well.

    • the dude says:

      Thanks, we’ll keep trying hard.
      You keep doing whatever it is you do, crying for whenever a shark eats a seal on shark week. Crying for all the kittens out there because you can’t have them all like crazy cat you tube lady- you stay strong.

  2. chuck says:

    I thought Affleck was pretty creepy in “The Killer Inside Me.” This flick looks pretty good, C Bale is nuts, nuts, nuts in real life, which translates pretty well onto the silver screen.


  3. CG says:

    Jack sounds like a blast. Your reviews are dead on, always. I’m glad for Woody he is a great actor, he read King of Sting and wanted to play my partner Woodbeck in 2010, Warners said, “he’s not a hot enough star to sell tickets”….maybe now with this and his other films he is…good guy. Hope it does well.

  4. PB says:

    Been looking forward to this for a long while now so I’m glad to see the positive review. Great cast, everyone but Saldana either a previous Oscar winner or nominee. I’m totally in for this this weekend.

  5. mike t. says:

    harrelson was in natural born killers, right? talk about killing off his bartender character typecasting from cheers.

    • PB says:

      And also played Hustler founder, Larry Flynt.

      Speaking of Flynt, kind of an interesting twist on on the whole death penalty issue with him recently trying to “save” his shooter from the Missouri death penalty so that he could instead suffer through a life sentence in prison. He should have known that the state that’s listed 5th in most executions since ’76 was going to give the killer the plunger. Not a death penalty guy, but if anybody ever deserved it, that evil, racist bastard, Joseph Paul Franklin certainly did.

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