Out of the Furnace Saturday, 21 September 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    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).

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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



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