Andy: The best aspects of “Out of the Furnace” center on the superb acting. Casey Affleck continues to make good choices in the roles he chooses, and seems to get a little better at his craft with each performance. It’s Christian Bale, however, who carries the movie, and that should not come as a surprise. Clearly among the best actors working today, Bale again creates a character that’s heartbreakingly real and sympathetic.
Ryan: Like I mentioned earlier, the climax of the film is a bit clunky. Wood Harrelson’s sadistic performance made for a worthy antagonist, but the resolution between him and Bale is not as efficiently executed as it could have been. The movie’s last scene is emotionally relevant, so it’s not like the entire third act is a mess, because it isn’t. All- in- all “Out of the Furnace” is a fine drama. I wouldn’t say it’s Oscar worthy, but it’s a notch below.
“Out of the Furnace” is a good movie that features some very strong performances, worthy of a B+.