Mark Ruffalo plays a manic-depressive father trying to raise his two young girls singlehandedly, in Boston.
“Out of the Furnace” comes from director Scott Cooper, who gives this melancholy melodrama a strong sense of place and a relentless deterministic pull.
When you make a bad movie on purpose, it’s still a bad movie.
This is as good as “Star Trek” gets, the equal of any of the previous chapters. And that’s saying something.
This melodrama is a serious-minded film that falls a tad short in the execution of its ambitious concept, but not so much that it squanders the respect it’s already earned.