Blu-ray Review: Out of the Furnace

Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace

Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider and was provided with a review copy of Out of the Furnace in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I didn't get to see Out of the Furnace when it was in theaters, because it was not screened for the general public. It's been on my list for a while now, however, because the trailer looked good, and also because of its fantastic cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Forrest Whitaker, and Casey Affleck, just to name a few. So I was excited when I received a copy in the mail from FHE to review.

The synopsis of this film from IMDb is: "When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice."

Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace

There were a lot of things I liked about this movie and some I did not.

Likes: Fantastic cast and acting. Christian Bale was totally believable as a man searching for his brother, and Woody Harrelson stole the show as a thug whom Bale's brother (Casey Affleck) worked for, as a street fighter struggling to pay off a debt.

Dislikes: It was very slow-paced, and if you're a longtime reader of my blog you know my feelings on slow-paced movies. (they're hard for me to watch/sit through)

Out of the Furnace movie posterAlso, SPOILER - Bale searching for his brother seemed a little redundant because we already see a scene where Harrelson's character shoots and kills the brother. It's when the film turns into a revenge movie that things start to get interesting again.

The Blu-ray edition has some neat stuff on it that you won't find on other versions. These include:
  • Featurette on the casts' inspiration for why they do what they do (acting)
  • Featurette on Scott Cooper
  • Crafting the Fight Scenes
  • The Music of Out of the Furnace

Ultimately, if you can stand the slow pace, I'd give this movie a Yes to see, because of the character development and acting. The ending was a little shocking to me as well, but I can understand the character's motivations for doing what he did (sorry for being vague ...). The scenery/cinematography and the music in the film were great as well. This movie was kind of overlooked at the box office, it seems, but it has a respectable 52% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, and 59% from "Top Critics." 

Out of the Furnace is rated R with a runtime of 116 minutes. 3.25 stars out of 5.

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