A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
For a modern, dark dramatical film to really pack a punch, it needs to posses heart, soul, passion and of course, grit. 2013’s “Out Of The Furnace”, an edgy, brooding and unsettling tale directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) is an example of how good, thorough storyline and structure is still alive and well today.
It gives hope to many aspiring to create something similar, and also shows that there is still passion within the Hollywood elite to take part in something genuine.
Set in the grimy, dingy outskirts of industrialised America, “Out Of The Furnace” follows the lives of two brothers Russell and Rodney Baze (Christian Bale and Casey Affleck) as they attempt to escape their lives that constantly sees them venture over to the wrong side of the tracks. Rodney is an ex-Marine and thus is a hardened but broken man. Re-entering society hasn’t been ideal for Rodney, and as a result, he finds himself associating with crooks, gangs and bair-knuckle boxing clubs simply to make a few dollars.
He is involved in a malicious and ruthless crime, and after Russell is informed of the news, he takes matters into his own hands, seeking swift but brutal justice and redemption.
The cast for is highly impressive and vast. The leading cast in Bale, Affleck and Woody Harrelson all deliver superb performances (particularly Affleck, which is a major surprise…), while supporting roles from Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Forest Whitaker add to the brilliance of it all.
A film starring Woody Harrelson set in postindustrial america that focuses on crime, violence and evil, sounds very similar to HBO’s “True Detective”.
The darkness of the television drama can be seen throughout the film and it works so well in creating tension, suspense and discomfort within it’s audience. Willem Dafoe when speaking of the film says “They don’t make movies like this anymore. They don’t tell these kind of stories.” It’s sad, but true…
For a film that received a seemingly lousy 6.8/10 on iMDB, “Out Of The Furnace” deserves more recognition. The cast is brilliant, the score is magnificent and the story itself is brutal, harrowing and immensely gripping. If dark, distressing dramas are your forte,“Out Of The Furnace”is definitely for you.
Recommended By Fraser Cameron