Saturday night, I attended the 2013 AFI FEST’s Gala Premiere of director and screenwriter Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace”.
Cooper’s blue-collar film paints a stark reality that is relevant to our modern times. This gritty, powerful story set in a languishing mill town in Pennsylvania follows the Baze brothers — steel worker Russell (Christian Bale) and Rodney (Casey Affleck) an Iraq War veteran — who struggle to survive a world that seems pitted against them. Woody Harrelson plays the kingpin of a crime ring whose merciless act of violence sends Christian Bale’s Russell Baze on a suicidal mission of personal redemption and justice.
The cast includes strong performances by Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. Among the film’s notable producers are Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott.