Out of the Furnace

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Here’s a movie that slipped completely under my radar until TK told me to seek out the trailer, but man, it looks like a hell of a film. The movie is Out of the Furnace, the story of some men who are down on their luck and join an underground fight club to make some money. The trailer is an odd mix of tones, but I love the bleak shots of smokestacks, warehouses and fields. And the cast of Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker is certainly nothing to scoff at. I wonder if this will be a surprise Oscar contender.

Out of the Furnace comes out December 6, 2013.

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