Out Of The Furnace


Bale's fiery glare...

Scott Cooper’s macho drama bolts the blue-collar aesthetic of The Deer Hunter to the hillbilly crime narrative of Winter’s Bone. Christian Bale headlines as the steel-mill worker sucked into trouble when loose-cannon bro Casey Affleck runs afoul of redneck Woody Harrelson.

With Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana rounding out an amazing cast, the film constantly feels on the verge of catching fire, but never quite does. At least the grab-bag of miserablist clichés is offset by strong performances.

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