THERE’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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