Out of the Furnace Saturday, 11 July 2020

Out of the Furnace

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Strong violence, language and drug content.

  • The pitch:

    ...into the crossfire.

  • Starring:

    Woody Harrelson, Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Tom Bower, Willem Dafoe, Bobby Wolfe, Charles David Richards, Forest Whitaker

  • Directed by:

    Scott Cooper

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, punched, beaten, near-choked, slammed, elbowed, wrestled, slapped, ambushed, butt-whipped, kicked, pursued. Vehicle collision, smashed glass, accident debris. Domestic violence, street fighting, hunting. Smashed objects. Yelling. Iraq (war) mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, child). An animal is dragged, butchered, skinned, bled. Animal carcass. Bloody faces, blood splatter, bloody cuts, head/chest covered in blood. Bruising, swelling, scars. IV drip, injection. Tattooing. Decapitated baby, friend's legs blown off, dismembered body parts mentioned.


    Shirtless men, woman in singlet. Couple snuggle in bed together. Reference to homosexuality, oral sex.


    People cook/deal/smoke/inject methamphetamine. Crack den setting, bags of drugs seen. Getting high, drugs mentioned. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Intoxication, DUI. Gambling (horse racing, street fighting), match-fixing. Smoking (drugs, cigarettes).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling, slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Derogatory terms for women, derogatory term for homosexuals. Obscene hand gesture. Gender, regional, family stereotypes.


    Brothers, justice, domestic violence, accidental death, prison, debt, freedom, pregnancy, regret, family, death of a child, readjustment, hunting, match-fixing, retribution, PTSD.


    Terminally ill father, deceased father, relationship breakup. Prison, bar, cemetery, crack den settings. Deer. Vomiting, spitting. Welding sparks.


    Stark, bleak, intense, heavy, solemn, raw, solid, well-acted, deterministic, brutal, unrelenting, promising, exacting, gruff, delicate, blood-soaked, gripping, tense, aching, profound, stylish, dark, ambitious, impressionistic. Terrific ensemble cast, fantastic performance from Christian Bale, brutally realistic fight scenes, breathtaking cinematography, lean script, moody score, melancholy tone, deliberate pace. Gets under your skin.


    Testosterone-drenched, undercooked, overheated, devolving. Confused themes, meandering third act, some scenes strain credulity, unsatisfactory finale.

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