Out of the Furnace

Rated R 116 minutes 2013

Interesting actors but the movie has problems. In the heart of decaying, drug-ridden, Great Recession Rust Belt America, a perturbed ex-con steel worker (Christian Bale) and his flaky Iraq vet brother (Casey Affleck) have trouble with a vicious thug (Woody Harrelson, at full lather) over bare-knuckles prize fights. But that’s nothing compared to their troubles with the screenplay. You can see every single plot turn coming at least thirty minutes ahead, and the dialogue would have been hoary in 1932. Director and co-screenwriter Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) doesn’t know when to end a scene, either. Also in the all-gruesome cast: Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoë Saldana, and Sam Shepard (116 min.).

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Director: Scott Cooper

Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Ryan Kavanaugh, Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Tucker Tooley, Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck, Robbie Brenner, Brooklyn Weaver, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Christian Mercuri, Joe Gatta and Jeff Waxman

Cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard

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