Friday, December 6, 2013
Out of the Furnace Comes Heated Fights and Hot Heads
Flood the Drummer® and DJ Reezey® review new crime thriller
For men who love bare-knuckle brawls, that leave blood from jaws and the lone justice-seeking vigilante who becomes the law, then Director Scott Cooper’s nearly two-hour new crime thriller Out of the Furnace will be the adrenaline rush that leaves you satisfied. Opening in theaters nationwide today, November 6th, this R rated film stars British actor Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Casey Affleck (Tower Heist), the seductive and vivacious Zoe Saldana, and the legendary Woody Harrelson, in one of his grittiest roles ever.
Cooper – who co-wrote the plot with writer Brad Ingelsby – tells the dark story of Rodney Baze Jr. (Affleck), a young veteran suffering from PTSD who becomes a backwoods fighter to pay off gambling debts. Fueled by the rage of not being appreciated by his country upon returning from war and grief-stricken after watching his father die of sickness, Baze is determined to take on the nastiest, most dangerous, brawlers in the mountains of “Pennsylvania steel country,” despite pleas from his recently released from prison older brother, Russell Baze (Bale), who would prefer he’d come work with him in the mills. At the same time, the writers choose to tell a mellow-dramatic love story about Russell and Lena (Saldana), who falls in love with a local cop (Forrest Whitaker) while Russell was imprisoned. When Rodney Baze goes missing after fighting in the mountains, his older brother demands the officer (Whitaker) go looking for him. Not satisfied with the response he gets from law enforcement, Russell (Bale) takes matters into his own hands and vows to find his brother, or seemingly die trying.
“I had nothing but empathy for Christian Bale's character. Everything appeared to be normal in his life. He was caring for his elderly and ill father, working at a steel mill, in a fully functional and loving relationship, watching after his troubled little brother who suffers from PTSD after serving in the war; a simple story that many can relate too,” says Rashaun “DJ Reezey” Williams, who in his opinion believes Out of the Furnace is “a captivating film from start to finish, about having choices, making decisions, having regrets, and being proactive in a world that gives you nothing but pain.”
While billed as the ultimate revenge flick, this movie – although it delivers in bumps and bruises – takes the dive in the upward storytelling category. All the vigilante action takes place in the last 30 minutes, so this is a movie you can feel free to grab a refill of popcorn or two and get back in time enough to see someone get hit, again.
T &T's LAMB Score: 3 out 5
Thanks for reading. Until next time, I’m Flood the Drummer® & I’m Drumming for JUSTICE!™
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