We already took a look at new photos from one of the more heavily anticipated films of the year starring Christian Bale, “American Hustle” earlier this week. Now more than a dozen photos of Bale’s other winter movie have arrived. Directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart“), “Out of The Furnace,” is a dramatic thriller about brothers set in the depressed Rust Belt of Pennsylvania that stars Bale along with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. We’ve already seen the film (read our AFI review here) and wrote that it’s “powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.”
Here’s the longform synopsis:
Acclaimed director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) takes audiences on a vivid and intense
journey into the heart of a fading American Dream in Out of the Furnace, as fate, family and
loyalty drive an ordinary man to take heroic measures to fight for those he loves.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) were born and
raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble Rust Belt hamlet that has been home to
generations of American steel workers. Russell followed their father into the mills, while Rodney
took the only other option open to young men like him and enlisted in the Army, hoping to find a
better life outside of Braddock.
But after four brutal tours of duty in Iraq, an emotionally and physically depleted Rodney
returns to a recession-weary town that offers even fewer options than before he left. When a cruel
twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his younger brother tries to make ends meet by betting on
horses and competing as a bare-knuckle boxer. Mired in debt, he soon finds himself enmeshed with
a vicious sociopath, Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), the leader of a ruthless backwoods crime
ring in the New Jersey Ramapo Mountains.
When Rodney suddenly disappears shortly after his brother is released from prison, Russell
descends into a corrupt and violent-fueled world seeking answers. Embarking on a road that few
dare to travel, Russell will stop at nothing to bring his brother home.
Note the film originally had original songs written for it by Eddie Vedder, but for whatever reason they were cut from the picture. However, the movie does end with Pearl Jam‘s “Release” in the closing credits, much like it’s utilized in the trailers. Originally scheduled to open in limited release in late November, Relativity must be feeling confident with a wide release on December 6 instead. Check out the clips and photos below.