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David Nusair’s “Out of the Furnace” Leaves the Reader Cold

In response to David Nusair’s 249‑word review of Out of the Furnace on Reel Film Reviews

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With a little more effort, “Out of the Furnace” by David Nusair could be an engaging tale of intrigue that would warm the heart and stoke the imagination. Instead, it ends up being little more than an old wood burning stove that goes out in the middle of the night.

There’s not much here, and what there is is terribly disappointing. In just a few short moments, Nusair manages to create a piece so abysmal, it should be thrown in a furnace and destroyed. There is zero passion here, and barely enough plot development to keep the audience interested throughout. If not for the short length, they likely would not bother reading this at all.  

Nusair delivers a robotic, unemotional quip that barely accomplishes what it sets out to. In fairness, he does succeed in his task. He relays his assessment and supports it with the minimum amount of evidence. But it is clear he cares nothing about the journey, which is critically important if one wishes to gain admiration for their work. He merely takes the audience to their destination, like a disgruntled bus driver delivering children to school. No more no less.

Possibly the most frustrating aspect of this piece is that it should be so much more. It is apparent that Nusair is a talented writer with tremendous potential. He has the capacity to create a literary feast of imagery, suspense and emotion to nourish the reader’s soul. Instead, what they get is table scraps.    

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