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Radheyan Simonpillai’s “FURNACE” Is Small but Fiery

In response to Radheyan Simonpillai’s 355‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Grolsch Film Works

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Radheyan Simonpillai’s “OUT OF THE FURNACE” is a quick-hit, drive-thru little review that, despite its diminutive size, manages to pack a pretty potent punch.

Much of the review works thanks to Simonpillai’s accomplished writing. This is assured prose that knows where it’s going and that steady sense of purpose is what resonates with readers and makes them want to follow Simonpillai down any literary path he goes. Word choice is especially strong here and his economy of words is what makes such a small piece work so well.

Furnace is almost perfectly balanced; Simonpillai knows what works and what doesn’t and he has a keen sense of his readership’s tolerance. He never lingers too long on plot summary, nor does he go on cutesy, self-indulgent tangents or offer long, drawn out psuedo intellectual critiques.

All the requisite high points are hit, though; Christian Bale’s performance is “solemn and stoic,” but the film is “burdened with obvious meaning and self-important artistry” and viewers won’t be able to “shake the artifice long enough to engage with the characters and their story.”

If you like your reviews short, to the point, and packed with satisfying, meaningful criticism, look no further than Furnace.    

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