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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Christian Bale
Woody Harrelson
Casey Affleck
Directors
Scott Cooper
Screenwriters
Scott Cooper
Brad Ingelsby
Running Time
117 minutes

Out Of The Furnace
Blue collar vs. white trash = grey movie


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Out Of The Furnace

Plot
To pay off debts, ex-soldier Rodney Baze Jr. (Affleck) takes up bare-knuckle boxing, where he comes into contact with mobster Harlan DeGroat (Harrelson).


Verdict
A quality production, with awards-bid performances from Bale and Affleck to prove it... but, as signalled by the curiously unmemorable title, it flounders while trying to come up with a story to embody the things it wants to say about the sorry state of modern America. Worth seeing, but a near-miss.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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