OUT OF THE FURNACE
Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson
Written by: Scott Cooper and Brad Ingelsby
Directed by: Scott Cooper
I grew up in Rural, USA. I've been through the deserted mill towns in the North East. These characters were spot-on accurate. Bale and Affleck captured these blue collar workers perfectly. The acting by all involved couldn't have been any better. Shepard played the sad and protective uncle. Forest Whitaker (one of my favorite actors) was a believable police officer and Zoe Saldana, even with minimal make up was a beautiful, down to earth local. Then, (I saved the best for last) we have Woody Harrelson. I never swear in my reviews, but I think there is only one way to describe Mr. Harrelson: He is one bad-a$$ mother f'er! (Yep, that's as close to swearing as I will come in a review. Talk to me personally after a few glasses of Three Buck Chuck and we may have a different story!) Harrelson is the epitome of mean. He scared me on the screen. I think I liked him better in "Catching Fire" where he was a belligerent drunk. Where this story failed me was in the writing. It took so long to build to any climax that it was a bit dull in parts. Where it wasn't dull, it was extremely violent. To me, that was not a successful combination. There was definitely suspense, but to the point of not being enjoyable, at least to this viewer. And then there was the end. Don't worry. I won't give anything away. I try very hard to never do that. They had an ending---and then they added one more quick scene. Poetic justice was just flushed down the toilet. Great. I might have been able to overlook a few major problems with this film if they would have ended it properly.