|Posted by john Donnelly on February 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM|
Out of the Furnace is a 2013 American thriller film, directed by Scott Cooper, from a screenplay written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby. Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media, the film stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.
The film received a limited release in Los Angeles and New York City on December 4, 2013, followed by a wide theatrical release on December 6.
After getting off work at a North Braddock steel mill, Russell Baze (Bale) catches his brother Rodney (Affleck) at a horse racing simulcast where Rodney had just bet on a losing horse. Russell inquires as to where Rodney got the money to which Rodney responds that John Petty (Dafoe) had loaned it to him. Petty owns a bar and runs several illegal games. Russell vists Petty at the bar and gives him his paycheck to pay off some of Rodney's debt, promising to pay the rest when his next paycheck comes in.
Driving home after leaving the bar intoxicated, Russell hits another car killing its occupants. He is incarcerated for vehicular manslaughter and while in prison is informed that his father has passed away, and that his girlfriend Lena (Saldana) has left him for the police chief, Wesley (Whitaker).
Upon his release, he returns home and begins fixing his house up. He visits Lena to ask for her back but she informs him that she is pregnant with Wesley's baby. The same day, Rodney is shown participating in an organized fighting ring and proceeds to win. This upsets Petty as Rodney was supposed to take a dive as a way to repay some of the debt he owes Petty.
The next morning, Russell finds Rodney's bloodied wrist tapes in the trash and confronts him about it. Russell argues with Rodney to work in the mill but Rodney, an Iraq veteran, is too proud and jaded. Rodney proceeds to Petty's office where he insists that Petty call and set up a high-stake fight. Petty reluctantly arranges a fight with Harlan DeGroat (Harrelson), a sociopathic drug dealer.
Arriving at DeGroat's land, Petty informs Rodney that he must lose the fight to which Rodney complies. DeGroat approaches Petty for the money Petty owes but Petty considers them even after having Rodney take the fall. While driving back home, Petty and Rodney are ambushed by DeGroat who kills both of them. Unbeknownst to anyone, Petty had pocket-dialed his bartender Dan and the murder is caught on Dan's voicemail.
That night, Russell enters Rodney's room where he finds a letter from Rodney. Rodney states that this will be his last fight and wants to work with Russell at the mill. Wesley informs Russell about Rodney's disappearance and Russell sets off to find him. Arriving in DeGroat's town, he is driven out by the sheriff and informed that DeGroat has a large following and is not easily apprehendable.
Upon returning to his mill, Russell is visited by Wesley who confirms Rodney's death. Russell goes to Petty's office where he finds a phone number for DeGroat. He calls DeGroat, enticing him to collect on Petty's debt. When DeGroat comes to the bar, Russell sabotages DeGroat's van to prevent escape and confronts him.
DeGroat is able to escape to a nearby shutdown mill where Russell subdues him and shoots him in the thigh. Russell then follows DeGroat as he hobbles off and shoots him in the back. Russell informs DeGroat who he really is as Wesley approaches the mill. Wesley pleads for Russell to put down his gun but Russell proceeds to shoot DeGroat in the head. The film then cuts to Russell sitting at home implying he wasn't charged with DeGroat's death.wiki