The trailer for Director Scott Cooper’s new family crime drama/thriller Out of the Furnace has recently been released and while I hadn’t heard anything about the movie before, I was instantly intrigued when I saw that it starred Christian Bale; what can I say, I’m a big fan of his! The film is about the lengths Russell Baze (Bale) will go to after law enforcement fails to help when his younger brother mysteriously goes missing. Not only does Out of the Furnace star the one and only Dark Knight, it also boasts quite an impressive supporting cast: Casey Affleck (Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13) as Russell’s younger brother, Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Columbiana) as Russell’s former lover, Forest Whitaker as a detective, Willem Dafoe as the uncle, and Woody Harrelson as the bad guy, to name a few. In case the impressive cast list was not enough to convince you to check out Out of the Furnace when it hits theaters December 6, then consult my list of 5 things I learned from the trailer.
What Happened to Rodney?!
It’s pretty clear early on in this trailer that Casey Affleck’s character Rodney Baze Jr. is doomed. He started mixing with the wrong people and is apparently in debt to said people for $1500. He then decides that since he cannot get that kind of money from his brother, Russell, he will have to earn it the hard way. He ends up going to a crime boss played by Woody Harrelson to join some kind of underground fight club. This turns out to be a horrible idea, because he mysteriously disappears, forcing Russell to seek justice for his disappearance. When will Rodney learn?
Wise Words, Whitaker
Forest Whitaker plays a detective in the film, and when Russell reports his brother missing, he assumes that the police will be of some help. However, they have no luck finding his brother, and in a bit of foreshadowing, Whitaker warns Bale’s Russell not to pursue it any further, “Those people up in those hills got their own breed of justice, and it does not include us.” Apparently it is out of their jurisdiction, and sometimes you have to take justice into your own hands.
Don’t mess with Woody Harrelson
In this film, Harrelson plays the leader of a crime gang named Curtis DeGroat, who has quite a reputation for getting whatever he wants no matter how gets it, or in most cases takes it. He is a little bit unstable, and is definitely intimidating. I mean, he practically beat some people to death just for their car! Not to mention the underground fighting ring he runs, where it is not a guarantee that you will come out unscathed, if you even make it out at all. Lesson learned from this trailer: don’t mess with Harrelson!
I won’t be moving to the “hills” any time soon
Apparently these “hills” are not the always sunny, drama-filled, shopping spree type of hills made famous by the reality show of the same name. These “hills” are far more gritty and untouched by the law. Some shady stuff goes on around these parts, and it is best to avoid them. Unless of course, they take your younger brother, and you will stop at nothing to get him back, in that case just proceed with caution.
The only thing stronger than steel is family
Since the police could not help in finding Rodney, Russell decides to take the law in his own hands to bring his brother home. He makes a threatening phone call to Woody Harrelson’s character in which he promises he is coming for his brother and not leaving without him. He arms himself, mentally prepares himself for a battle, and heads off to the “hills,” to find his brother. The lengths to which he will go to find his brother are quite inspiring. Russell takes a beating, and brings the war to Curtis DeGroat, but the real question is will it all pay off? I guess we will have to see when it hits theaters on December 6!