I think we missed the part of the revenge – Out of the Furnace – Movie Review

There comes a time when I see a movie and I wonder exactly how it ever got made and what the thought process behind even the idea of it is. That being said, I am not afraid to write up a review that is less than wonderful.


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Out of the Furnace is directed by Scott Cooper (The X-Files and Attitude), written by the director and Brad Ingelsby (The Honeyfields and Run All Night).

To begin I want to first say that the whole plot of this movie is missing. The movie is also too long and honestly over half of it could be cut out and you’d probably have a better put together movie. The entire storyline is lost in this need to keep it depressing and just hoping everyone will die. Sadly, that is putting it nicely.

We begin by seeing a couple at a drive-in movie theater and clearly that are a messed up relationship and that it’s violent. Great, another weird start to a movie. This scene is NEVER explained or even given a clear place in the movie except you see how crazy the soon-to-be-named bad guy is, Harlan DeGroat (played by Woody Harrleson, Zombieland and Now You See Me). This is the first sign the movie isn’t going to be good.


Moving through the movie we meet a steel miller worker by the name of Russell Baze (played by Christian Bale, The Dark Knight and The Fighter) who is leaving work and sees that is now returned home from four tours in Iraq brother, Rodney Baze Jr (played by Casey Affleck, The Last Kiss and Tower Heist) is gambling. He doesn’t have the money but he took out a loan from the big loan shark of this Rust Belt little town. The loan shark, John Petty (played by William Dafoe, Spider-man and Finding Nemo) is someone who wants to not only make money but he doesn’t want to see Rodney get caught up in the wrong people either.

Russell also has a girlfriend by the name of Lena Taylor (played by Zoe Saldana, Avatar and Star Trek). She wants to start a family even with Russell’s father on his death bed. Clearly this family is in need of some serious help but they wont be finding it in this little town. Rodney and Russell make plans to meet up at the local bar where John Petty also runs his business out of the back. When it becomes clear that Rodney isn’t going to show up, Russell goes to find John, running into Harlan in the process and pays off his brother’s debt, at least what he could.


Russell leaves the bar and while he is driving home, after drinking, he hits another car and even though it’s not really told, we are left to assume he killed the kid in the car. Russell ends up in prison for the crash and is left to receive news from his brother. His brother returns saying that their father has passed and he is going to be doing another tour for the army. Rodney has also been in fights for John Petty in order to pay off his debt. Rodney leaves for his tour and Russell learns that his girlfriend, Lena has taken up with the Chief of police, Wesley Barnes (played by Forest Whitaker, Panic Room and Phone Booth).

Russell is eventually allowed to leave prison for time served and goes to live with his brother. He begins his job again at the steel mill and begins to repair the house his father lived in. The dream of leaving the small town is simply lost. Meanwhile Rodney wants to step up in the fights he wants and tells John Petty he wants to do the fights up in Northeast in the hills. John warns him those fights are dangerous but ends up making the call anyway. They head up to the hills to do the fight.


This is where you start to think maybe the movie is gonna find some kind of plot, about halfway through it right now too. Sadly the small window is lost when it becomes clear that John owes money to Harlan and Rodney is going to help pay it off by throwing the fight and losing. He does throw the fight but the debt isn’t completely paid off. John and Rodney head in the car out of the area but they are cut off in the forest by Harlan and his gang. They are both shot and killed. Meanwhile Russell is stalking his ex-girlfriend and after a quick conversation with her on a bridge (where we attempt to try to build a love-triangle but fail), learns she is pregnant with Wesley’s baby.

Unfortunately things just get worse from here. It becomes clear after Russell finds out that his brother is dead, that he is going to get revenge for Rodney. Russell and his uncle venture up the hills even though they are warned not too, and do some searching. They learn that Harlan is in charge of a crystal meth ring and are basically run out of the hills. They are warned never to return.

And it seems to be that this is how the movie is going to end and I honestly got excited that I could finally leave (I am one of those people that will continue to sit through something even when it’s horrible). The movie continues on through Russell getting a hold of Harlan, who we learn is also a user of crystal meth (although how this is relevant to the movie I don’t get), and lures him to his home town since he can’t go to the hills. Harlan shows up and kills a few people in the bar and Russell also gets a few shots him at Harlan too.

Harlan escapes the bar and heads to the old mill with Russell following him with his shot gun. And Russell doesn’t shoot the gun at deer, given the little hunting trip he took with his Uncle in the woods (another part of the movie not needed). Russell however doesn’t have an issue shooting Harlan and continues to do so. However as he is letting Harlan walk away in the field, Chief Wesley shows up and warns him to put the gun down. Harlan would go to jail for a long time and Russell would be fine.

Russell however has taken some pleasure out of slowly killed Harlan and in a final act, shoots Harlan in the heart and kills him as he is walking to the wood. Russell puts down the gun and is arrested. And that is the movie….


As you may have noticed, the movie isn’t a good one. The plot of the movie is never fully reached or even developed. You forced to watch and wonder how much more horrible it could get and wonder what direction this director was even thinking for the movie. My rating is 0 out of 10 stars. I honestly couldn’t find anything remotely good about the movie. The cast is okay and while they try to give the movie something to work with, the script is clearly horrible and there is no coming back from it. The movie supposedly goes through a five year span that you are never fully given a chance to know unless you looked it up like I did. I really recommend you skip the movie all together, it’s not worth seeing and if you do watch it from home, you are going to want to turn it off after the first ten minutes. Take it from someone who sat through 116 minutes of this piece of junk.

Also, this movie is in talks for some Oscar nominations and so on. No, this is one that needs to not be put in that race. Horrible, horrible, horrible doesn’t  begin to cover it.

Here is an article by Huffington Post I thought was funny. Click HERE!!


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