Out Of The Furnace (15)

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Release date

29th January 2014

Running Time

117 minutes

Director

Scott Cooper

Genre

Drama, Thriller

Starring

Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard

Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson lead a superb cast in a visceral drama about an ex-con trying to rescue his brother from a world of criminality. It's 2008 in America's economically deprived Rust Belt. While their father is dying of cancer, brothers Russell (Christian Bale) and Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck) struggle to make ends meet. After a few years in jail, Russell emerges to find his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) has dumped him for sheriff Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker). Worse still, Iraq war veteran Rodney's spiralling gambling debts to bookie John Petty (Willem Dafoe) have forced him to take part in illegal bare-knuckle boxing fights. These are organised in decaying, abandoned factories by psychopathic hillbilly drug dealer and addict Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). When Rodney goes missing, Russell ventures into this lawless territory in search of answers. This gritty, brutal and atmospheric blue collar drama is writer/director Scott Cooper's follow-up to the Oscar-winning 'Crazy Heart'.

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It boasts an electrifying performance by Christian Bale and a memorably unhinged one by Woody Harrelson!

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