Review: 'Out of the Furnace'

December 6, 2013 6:14 PM

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What, one might ask, is the point of understated melodrama? It's a bit like decaf coffee or near-beer. But understated melodrama, for the most part, is the stuff of "Out of the Furnace," the artfully made empty exercise that serves as Scott Cooper's dour follow-up to "Crazy Heart."

Cooper directs and co-writes this story set in depressed steel town Braddock, Pa. There, a good man and a weak man run afoul of a bad man, which qualifies "Out of the Furnace" as a neo-noir. The good man is Russell Baze (Christian Bale), who works at the steel mill just like his daddy did. (Somebody...

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