I saw Out of the Furnace recently. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. The film is a revenge story, but it’s slower than I thought it would be. I would classify the film as a drama instead of an action flick. In fact, there really wasn’t much action in the movie. Out of the Furnace is one of those movies you’ll like if you want to see a realistic story with good acting (the film stars Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson). This is not something you want to see if you’re in the mood for a film with lots of action scenes. Out of the Furnace is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to learn five things about Out of the Furnace.
5 Things About Out of the Furnace Blu-ray
It’s a revenge story
Out of the Furnace is about a man (Russell Baze) and his younger brother (Rodney). Russell is a good man that works at the mill and barely earns enough to support himself. Rodney, on the other hand, recently returned from Iraq. Instead of working at the mill, Rodney gambles and fights for a living. Unfortunately, he ends up owing a lot of money to a bookie. Rodney decides the best way to get out of debt is to take part in a big fight organized by a ruthless crime ring led by Harlan DeGroat. He throws the fight like he is suppose to, but then he disappears. Russell finds out DeGroat is responsible for his brother’s disappearance, so he goes after him. Russell wants to find his brother. And if it turns out his brother is dead, Russell wants revenge.
Out of the Furnace is very realistic
When I saw the trailer for Out of the Furnace, I was expecting one of those revenge or rescue films where the hero finds a way to win even though he has to face a hundred bad guys by himself. At some point during the story, I was expecting to find out the main character was actually a Navy Seal, a secret agent, a member of the Special Forces, or something out of the blue like that. That’s not the case with Out of the Furnace. The main character, Russell, is actually a very ordinary man living a very ordinary life. He has no special training or super powers. And the odds of him finding his brother alive are not good. He doesn’t do anything incredible in the search of his brother. That’s what I like about this film. The story is very realistic and seems like it could happen in real life.
The cast is great
I thought the acting was great in this movie. Christian Bale (Russell Baze) and Woody Harrelson (Harlan DeGroat) were excellent. Harrelson has come a long way. I still remember him as the goofy bartender on Cheers. Out of the Furnace also featured Casey Affleck (Rodney Baze Jr.), Zoe Saldana (Lena Taylor), Willem Dafoe (John Petty), Sam Shepard (Gerald ‘Red’ Baze), Forest Whitaker (Chief Wesley Barnes), Bingo O’Malley (Rodney Baze Sr.), Tom Bower (Dan Dugan), Bobby Wolfe (Dwight Van Dunk), Charles David Richards (Chaplain), Dendrie Taylor (DeGroat’s Date), Carl Ciarfalio (Man at Drive In), and Nancy Mosser (Woman at Drive In). The film was directed by Scott Cooper.
The Blu-ray includes exclusive features
The Out of the Furnace Blu-ray includes the film on Blu-ray and digital HD via Ultraviolet streaming. The Blu-ray also includes the following exclusive features:
- Scott Cooper
- Crafting the Fight Scenes
- The Music of Out of the Furnace
Out of the Furnace is rated R
The 116-minute movie is rated R for strong violence, language and drug content. There wasn’t any nudity or sex scenes, but there were a lot of profanity.
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