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Out Of The Furnace

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Russell and his brother Rodney have always dreamed of escaping their Rust Belt lives, but when Russell is sent to prison, Rodney becomes involved with the most violent, ruthless crime ring in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
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Positive role models
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1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Strong performances in grim, violent revenge tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Out of the Furnace is a revenge thriller set in steel mill town in Pennsylvania near the Appalachians. It features some bloody, gory violence, mostly in the form of underground, bare-knuckle boxing matches. One character is a psychopath who beats up, shoots, and/or kills several characters. He also roughs up a woman. The main character drives drunk, causes an accident, and goes to jail. Characters drink a good deal of beer and whisky, and the bad guy is a drug dealer, and hard drugs are sometimes shown and/or discussed. Language is very strong, with fairly frequent use of "f--k." Sex is not an issue, though there is a loving couple shown, and the woman is said to be pregnant. The movie's strong suit is its acting, and it may enthrall some older teens, but it's not recommended for younger viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's intense violence. Is this kind of violence meant to thrill, or is it meant to establish a certain kind of mood?
  • Why do the characters in this small town seem to drink so much alcohol? How realistic is their behavior while drinking and the consequences that result?
  • Why are revenge stories so satisfying? What is gained by revenge? What is lost?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Aims for Bruce Springsteen with its blue-collar big themes and stadium-rock emotion but ends up as a bandana-wearing clich.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fresh: It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.

- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fresh: Grimy and unapologetically melodramatic, Furnace pounds out a steady beat of pulp, violence and possible redemption among folks who have seen better days.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, December 6, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A bleak, at time brilliantly realized revenge drama from CRAZY HEART's Scott Cooper, "Out of the Furnace" is a familiar setup executed to the nines. A simple, spare rural crime saga with ambition and commentary; and performances that make it great. At this point, it seems pointless to praise a Christian Bale performance, but he gives one of his best here, as does Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson as the menacing, hateful ball of psychotic rage DeGroat. Bale is mesmerizing in his restraint... Harrelson; quite the opposite. "Out of the Furnace" isn't going to win anyone over with originality. On the surface, we've seen films like this before but Cooper has a unique vision. He skillfully touches upon America's current Socioeconomic climate without drawing attention away from the narrative. In this way it reminded me of Andrew Dominic's underrated "Killing Them Softly," only a lot more subtle and with the stark, backwoods atmosphere of "Winter's Bone." It's with it's performances however, it's cinematography, and the unexpected way in which the story unfolds that makes "Into the Furnace" standout; even in a particularly strong year at the movies. Director Scott Cooper has proven "Crazy Heart" was no fluke. "Out of the Furnace" is a great sophomore effort from a promising new talent as well as one of the stronger films I've seen this year.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Sunday, December 29, 2013

3 stars


- aquateen2, Tuesday, December 24, 2013

4 stars

Christian Bale may be the absolute best actor today. Between his performance here and in "American Hustle" it's just amazing that he's the same person. "Out of the Furnace" is a story of hard luck, redemption, and revenge. Bale stars as Russell, a steel mill worker who has too much to drink one night and ends up killing two people in an auto accident. Once he gets out of prison he finds that his brother(Casey Affleck) has taken up bare knuckle fighting and he has gotten in with the wrong man, a meth dealer(Woody Harrelson). I don't wanna give anymore, because this movie is fantastic and deserves to not be spoiled. All the performances are fantastic, especially Harrelson and Bale. How this movie is going un-noticed is a travesty. This is a fantastic film, and a much better movie than Bales other film out, "American Hustle". Where that movie feels like it could have gone further, this movie doesn't hold back. On a side note, a song called "Oates in the Water" was played on "Walking Dead" this year, and it would have been PERFECT for this movie. Great movie that will probably end up in my top 10 at the end of the year.

- fb100000145236770, Monday, December 23, 2013