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Allison Loring’s “Burn Out” Lacks the Fire to Support the Heat

In response to Allison Loring’s 741‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Film School Rejects

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Allison Loring’s “‘Out of the Furnace’ Review: Story and Characters Burn Out Without Ever Really Heating Up” has a been-there, read-that feel to it. It lacks heat, and at times even reason. The critic’s reasoning alternatively seems derivative of other reviews, doesn’t make sense, or doesn’t seem to belong at all.

As an example of the latter, look at  her opening statement, in which she laments about a future “with more and more information being digitally consumed and smartphones attached to the palm of almost everyone’s hand.” Is this is a personal observation she just had to get off her chest, or is this supposed to somehow link to the rest of her review? Since it’s never mentioned again, it appears to be the former.

But once the reviewer begins actually talking about the movie, she relies on tired or inconsistent observations. Telling how an actor is able to portray the depth in his character’s crucial relationship seems like a real positive, yet she criticizes the movie for not including other scenes, such as flashbacks, to show that depth, as if subtlety is not a virtue.

Also, saying that the same character’s abrupt turn to go searching for his missing brother doesn’t ring true because he has been shown to be a calm man before doesn’t ring true itself. It seems that those very feelings established so well earlier in the film would be reason enough. Perhaps the film is guilty of something here, but more of a reason needs to be given.

But it’s this kind of expressed opinion without enough to back it up that brings this piece down. And why ultimately, it comes across as staid reading.    

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