Out Of The Furnace – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 56 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 29 January 2014 

Genre: Crime, drama, thriller,

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana…

Description: Russell and Rodney are brothers, both of them have pretty messed up lives – one of them goes to jail, the other participates in illegal fighting – and when Rodney suddenly disappears and the police aren’t investigating enough, Russell decides to do some investigating himself, he plans on getting the justice that is deserved.

My Thoughts: I started watching this film because I’m a fan of Christian Bale’s work, I think he’s a really good actor and always excels in his roles.

Anyway… the first thing I noticed was that it took too long for anything to actually happen, and even when a big thing did happen it wasn’t filmed in a way that made you sit on the edge of your seat or make you desperate to know what was going to happen.

All of the scenes were really short and never really finished properly and you always found yourself wondering how that scene would have ended, had they been bothered to finish it.

Lots of the scenes either didn’t make sense or were completely pointless and the film would still be of same quality had it not involved that scene. For example: There was a scene in which Christian Bale’s character and some other character which I don’t remember ever seeing before went hunting and there was no dialogue, hardly any sound, and just featured Christian Bale walking around the woods in a really ugly hunting jacket and then almost shooting a deer but deciding against it. This scene lasted for about ten minutes, like, where is the relevance in that? What extra enjoyment have I gained from the film by watching that scene? None.

There was no background story of any of the characters and you were kind of just thrown into the story without knowing anything, it felt a bit like it would if you picked up a book but instead or reading it from the first page you skipped loads of it and started reading it in the middle, and therefore it didn’t make a lot of sense.

None of the characters had any personality. They were all kind of bland, dull and emotionless (except in about two scenes). I didn’t feel any connection with any of them at all and I couldn’t have cared less if one of them died or if something really good happened to them, I wasn’t bothered either way.  And despite Woody Harrelson being listed as second main character on Netflix, I got halfway through the film (or more) and I still couldn’t figure out A) What kind of character he was supposed to be and B) figure out why he was even in the film in the first place. By like the last half an hour I understood, but I feel like it shouldn’t have taken that long. None of the characters ever spoke in a different tone of voice, they all spoke at the same level and I don’t know if it was supposed to be aggressive or threatening or something but it was just annoying, they seemed liked robots programmed to speak in that dull emotionless voice all the time. They also never had any meaningful conversations.

I couldn’t not watch this film to the end, not because it was good but because I wanted to give it an accurate review and I couldn’t do that if I hadn’t watched it to the end, so I did. But by the first half an hour I was so desperate for it to end, it was so boring.

Everything that happened was completely predictable.

There was a really pointless and stupid scene at the very end of the film that wasn’t necessary.

The really sad thing is this film actually had a really good cast, so it’s a real shame that the film wasn’t very good because I know how incredible the cast is at acting in other things.

2 and a half/5 stars.

If you have watched this film and would like to share your thoughts please leave a comment below. If you’ve reviewed the film and would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to leave a link! And if you haven’t seen it but you’re planning to, remember this and come back and share your thoughts then!

Warnings: alcohol consumption, smoking, violence, swearing, drug dealing, some scenes may be scary or upsetting to particular audiences. For full details click the link to the IMDb parental guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1206543/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast please click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1206543/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

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