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Out of the Furnace (2013; Rated Rated R)

Out of the Furnace
A+
 

“One of the best movies I’ve seen this year.”

-Richard Roeper

Out of the Furnace Review

Out of the Furnace

(2013; R)

In theaters:
Friday, 6 December 2013

Genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:
Scott Cooper

Cast:
Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana

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Tyler said on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:13:52 PM
This movie started out as a baby deer hunter but the took a turn to a revenge movie. While I think this movie was powerful, I thought it could be a little more powerful if it would of stuck to Casey Aflecks character a little more and his struggles and how is brother deals with it.

Sam said on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:54:31 PM
I totally agree with this review it reminded me a lot of a great classic like deer hunter, obviously not on quite the same scale but reminiscent of it. Harelson and bale deserved oscar nods. But I have to say that I enjoyed this movie much more than American hustle and even wolf of Wall Street which was a very entertaining movie. Richard why do you think it is that this movie didn't make it in the academy awards at all?

Jack Tansey said on Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:30:36 PM
Dear Mr. Roeper, i'd like to start off by applauding your review of this film. Personally, i felt like this film was overlooked by the academy; they couldn't even afford one nomination. I love Christian Bale and i think one could make the argument his work here is even stronger than American Hustle. Cooper is a director of genuine talent. He has a way of bringing out everything in his actors. He did it with Jeff Bridges with Crazy Heart, which earned him an oscar. I would of loved to at least of seen a supporting actor for Casey Affleck, who blew me away in this movie. After watching this movie, i'm left excited to see what Cooper will bring us next.

John said on Saturday, February 01, 2014 8:28:08 PM
Richard Roeper:
I didn't mind "Out of the Furnace", but I must say that the ending - especially the final shot - kind of made me dislike the movie. I found that it didn't resolve the movie's issues and story in a satisfying way. I know that you loved the movie (You did give it an A+), but I'm curious to find out what you thought about the ending. If you think it's a bit early to discuss the ending, that's okay, but I would appreciate it if you wrote a response back.

Reply from Richard Roeper
Hi John,

I get what you're saying, but I'd like to wait until the movie is out on video for a few months before getting into the ending.

All the best,

Richard

Linda said on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:58:03 AM
I don't think I've ever agreed with every word of a movie review before, but this review is one I couldn't agree with more. This movie stuck in my throat and every time I think about it, it almost brings tears to my eyes. Everything in it was deep and thought provoking..the sibling relationship between Casey Affleck and Christian Bale's characters, Woody Harrelson's sinister presence, Sam Shepard's humble restraint, the scenery in which something as simple as a car drive looking out the window makes you glad you don't live in that city...I just can't say enough about this movie..it affected me deeply and will stay with me for a very long time.

GPK said on Sunday, December 15, 2013 5:22:11 PM
I can't stop thinking about this movie. The time spent to learn these characters in the film was so effective I could care less where the story took me. I can't say I have had such a movie experience before. I am not surprised many people did not like it. It was not your typical Hollywood film. Most people that go to the movies are looking for regular entertainment. This film's focus on the story telling is incomparable to anything I have ever watched. I would like to see more of this kind of film making.

John said on Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:27:49 PM
Best acted movie I think I've ever seen. How Christian Bale didn't receive a Golden Globe nomination for best actor is an absolute joke. Casey Affleck also could have received a nomination in a supporting role, what a shame.

Harrison said on Monday, December 09, 2013 7:26:28 PM
I give it about a C-. It was great acting, and a great premise, But it lacked any real suspense and at the end it was like what's the point. Everything abruptly ended without much explanation, and there was no suspense or mystery around the disappearance of The brother. The script was below average as the story dragged in certain places that I didn't care about, But where you wanted the suspense to play out, it just ends and it's like who cares.

Steven Hasse said on Monday, December 09, 2013 3:46:57 PM
I liked it too, but, I have to be honest, I felt the beginning was a tad weak. But when the film went further, it was really good. I personally give it a "B-" but I can see where you'd like it.

John Drinkwater said on Monday, December 09, 2013 1:11:51 AM
It's a great movie and a real shame it's not getting the critical acclaim it deserves. I suspect it has something to do with how dark the movie is. Some critics seem to need more optimism in their movies. It was described pejoratively as "dour" and "bleak". Such people should not be qualified to publish reviews. The other criticism, that's it's "dull", is even more offensive, though also more understandable. Scenes are stretched out - at times, perhaps too much - but they are never ever 'dull'. C'mon people. I loved the movie from start to finish, didn't want it to end. Good use of Pearl Jam. Christian Bale is for my money the best actor, period.

 
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