“When Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck) mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell (Christian Bale), takes matters into his own hands to find justice.”
Now that’s what IMDb says and reading it, the film sounds like it has a lot of potential to be hard-hitting, powerful and spectacular. Even reviews said Bale was on top form, which he is. However, for me, it’s the plot that doesn’t live up to it. The trailer makes the film look as though Rodney goes missing and the film focuses on Russell trying to find where his brother is and what has happened. But when you watch the film, the first half is about everything before Rodney Baze gets into trouble and Russell finds out he is missing. Yes, there needs to be some plot before the guy goes missing, but there were a quite a few scenes in the first half that don’t need to be there. It’s only like the very last part of the film (NOT ACCURATE – as I didn’t count whilst watching it) that Russell does something and tries to find the man, Harlan DeGroat (Woodey Harrelson), who is suspected of being involved in the disappearance of Rodney. Overall, there was a lot of potential to look more in depth at the character’s emotions and really hit the audience – emotionally not physically.
Even though the cast (which also included Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and William Dafoe) were superb, it was due to the way the film started and beginning plot the actors had to work with that the film was just highly good and not extraordinary.
Out of the Furnace: 6.1/10