Meryl Streep is her usual powerhouse self as the domineering and vicious Violet, but it’s Julia Roberts who grabs us in ways she hasn’t before with her angry, edgy Barbara.
“Out of the Furnace” comes from director Scott Cooper, who gives this melancholy melodrama a strong sense of place and a relentless deterministic pull.
Matthew McConaughey continues his career resurgence with another strong performance.
The problem is that looking for a missing canine, no matter how obvious it is as a metaphor for two-legged characters finding themselves as well, represents a rather flimsy spine for a feature screenplay.
“Safe House” is a gritty action thriller about corruption that’s cynical, hard-edged, two-fisted, and only minimally interested in its own subject matter.