A gritty thriller set in a blue-collar Pennsylvania steel town, Out of the Furnace follows Russell Baze (Christian Bale) who is living a hardscrabble existence as he tends to his ailing father. After doing time for vehicular manslaughter, Russell finds out that his former girlfriend is dating the police chief. To make matters worse, his Iraq-war-veteran brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck), is a loose cannon who finds himself boxing to make ends meet. Tasked to throw a fight for a big payday, Rodney refuses at the last minute and gets into trouble with a local crime lord. Rodney soon disappears and with next to no help from the police, Russell takes it upon himself to find out what happened to his little brother as he seeks justice.