*Thanks to Grace Snyder for this guest review of OUT OF THE FURNACE. There was an advance screening, but none of our regular staff could make it. The film is still showing in theaters.
Grace is a student at Kent State student who does her own blog 'Let's Get Critical' which she describes as, "reviews of films from an untrained college student with hopes of becoming a film critic."
Review by Grace Snyder
Set in the worn down, steel mill country of Pennsylvania, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace opens by introducing us to Russell Baze, played by Christian Bale. Russell leads a normal life; he works at the steel mill, he visits his dying father, he loves his girl, and he takes care of his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck). This all changes when Russell kills a mother and child in a drunken driving incident. He is carted off to prison where he misses his father’s death, his brother’s last tour of Iraq, and loses his girl (Zoe Saldana) to the local chief of police. Upon his release, he is forced to pick up the pieces of his life, especially his younger brother who seems to have fallen off the tracks.