Out of The Furnace DVD Blu-ray Combo Review

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

An interesting glimpse into the underbelly of the back hills near North Braddock.  Christian Bale’s  demeanor and general character, leaves you hoping for the best.  The relationship between his character and Zoe Saldana’s is complicated and moving.  Casey Afflecks portrayal of a much affected war veteran is played quite well, and mixes fluidly with Woody Harrelsons crazy back woods “good ol’ boy character.    The detail in the scenes and the Actors dedication to their roles is captivating. 

The plot while not incredibly fast moving, is a gripping tail of a good man reacting to tragic life events.  It was not the action packed “shoot ‘em up” movie that was expected, it was much better.  A seemingly simple man with simple goals, handling real situations in a very real way.  It is more of an actual depiction of man, than the average Hollywood portrayal of a story. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Out of the Furnace DVD/Blu-ray combo at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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