Movies in Review: “Out of the Furnace”

I found the trailer for this movie to be riveting with an exceptional cast that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck (who is secretly one of my favorite underrated actors), and Woody Harrelson (who has some of the best acting versatility in my opinion). After seeing the trailer, it definitely looked like a thriller that shouldn’t be missed. However, I left the theater feeling a little ho-hum.

I didn’t hate this movie, but the beginning killed a little of my excitement. This movie started out way too slow, and was a little all over the place with character development. It felt like I was getting bits and pieces of random parts of the story. For example, was it really necessary to spend so much time on Bale’s character’s incarceration. It provided very little to the story. I think time could have been spent more on Affleck’s character Rodney. I also wished Harrelson’s character was introduced earlier. He was the most thrilling part about the movie, along with Rodney. However, the movie did get better once his character came into the story.

As slow as this movie was, it did make an impact. The thrills were few, but powerful. It was weird because I found myself a little bored, but on the edge of my seat at the same time…lol. Some of you may give up on it within the first 25min, but if you sit tight, this movie does get better. I loved the way it ended, except for the very last scene. Could someone explain to me what the last scene meant? Smh

I wouldn’t classify this film as a “must see”, but it was interesting enough to watch. Honestly it felt like a movie I would have enjoyed better on my couch, instead of in the movie theater. It is well worth watching for Harrelson alone, but totally your decision if you want to pay a movie ticket price for it…B-


About tajgreenemoviesinreview

I am creative by nature, and analytical by design. My escape from the riff raff of everyday life is a great movie. I do not title myself as a movie critic. I am a part of the viewing audience simple and plain. I started this blog to give a real life review of films, as an avid movie goer. Movies are expensive, and not always worth the money. I hope my reviews help you in your descision.
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2 Responses to Movies in Review: “Out of the Furnace”

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Good review Taj. The movie wishes it more than just your standard thriller, however, that’s exactly what we get. Not a great one, but one worth at least seeing if its on the tube, which it most likely will be by this time next year.

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