I don’t know of any actor that is doing more solid work than Christian Bale.
His choice of projects is just exceptional. His movies tend to be both crowd pleasing and dramatically interesting. This awards season Christian Bale has two high profile films coming out, American Hustle and Out of the Furnace.
Out of the Furnace is a revenge drama and features an outstanding cast. Based on the trailer it looks to be a slow burning thriller with solid acting. The film is directed by Scott Cooper of Crazy Heart fame so audiences can expect some award season buzz. The name that seems to be generating the most notice in the cast is Woody Harrelson who looks properly intimidating in the trailer. I’m also looking forward to seeing the pairing of Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana.
The trailer seems to hit all the right notes of dread and drama. My only concern is that all this quality work could get lost in a crowded field of award season projects.
But based on this cast alone, Out of the Furnace is near the top of my must see list of films to see this winter.
Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forrest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. The film is directed by Scott Cooper and written by Brad Ingelsby and Scottt Cooper. Out of the Furnace is scheduled for release December 6, 2013.
From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The impressive cast of Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson are rounded out by Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.