Adam Markovitz
August 09, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Out of the Furnace

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
116 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/06/13
performer
Casey Affleck, Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana
director
Scott Cooper
distributor
Relativity Media
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Back in 2011, director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) promised Christian Bale that he wouldn’t make this mystery thriller without him. Scheduling conflicts forced Bale to pull out, but the star couldn’t get its story out of his mind: An ex-con (Bale) avenges his missing brother (Casey Affleck) by going after a crime boss (Woody Harrelson) in the steel town of Braddock, Pa. ”When I had a couple days off from filming The Dark Knight Rises, I would drive out to Braddock,” says Bale. Luckily, his schedule cleared up, and Cooper reports that the actor’s strong and quiet performance is his best yet. ”He’s really masterful, but in a not-showy way.” All the better to hear the Oscar buzz building around it.

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