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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Out of the Furnace by Scott Cooper, 2013 (R)

with Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger, Now You See Me, Game Change, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Casey Affleck (Ocean's Thirteen, Tower Heist), Forest Whitaker (Flight), Willem Dafoe (Paris Je T'aime, Fireflies in the Garden, The English Patient, Farewell, Daybreakers), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Words, Avatar), Sam Shepard (Mud, Fair Game)

From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.

I remember Winter's Bone being happier... This movie gave me a huge ethical conflict. What was the meaning of it? What did it wanted to say, besides life is unfair and seeking your own justice isn't gonna make you happier. And trying to do good around you isn't gonna change who the other is. Yes, quite depressing. And never the less, quite impressive performances.

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