Film Brief: Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnacen - posterTHERE’S PRETTY MUCH NO REASON for Out of the Furnace, unless you’re interested in seeing Woody Harrelson in an even more evil role than Rampart.  It’s got a giant, very talented cast — besides Harrelson, there’s Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, and Forest Whitaker.  I really liked Affleck, who’s turning out to be someone like Mark Wahlberg or Ryan Gosling as someone who’s always compelling on screen.

But this is a lackluster, tired, big so-what of a story.  With inconsequential commentary on a soldier returning home from war, I reckon it’s trying to be a sort of modern-day Deer Hunter — but this is no Deer Hunter.  The cast is mostly wasted here, but they do a good job with what they have, and individual scenes are well handled.  The main fault I have with this movie is the uninspired plot framed by an amateurish narrative structure.  4/10

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Comparison Notes: Recommended: The Deer HunterMystic River, My Name Is Joe, PrisonersThe Machinist; Not Recommended: The Place Beyond the Pines


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