Releasing Date: 6 November 2013 (USA)
Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper
Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana
From a television wrecked on the wall of the bar where Russell ( Christian Bale ) is draining the last beer while waiting in vain for his brother Rodney ( Casey Affleck ), a senator, any of the electors of the conference, invites us to believe in the economic recovery, invites to voteBarack Obama : the scenario is that the gloomy and depressed town America, somewhere in Pennsylvania between Pittsburgh and the Appalachian Mountains, a province weakened as the whole country from the worst economic crisis of the postwar period, reeling as its inhabitants in an effort not to succumb to believe and to hope for a better future. Russell works as a laborer in the local factory that offers no prospects, care of the terminally ill father, pay the debts of the problematic brother, do not stop believing in the future and try to live a dignified life dreaming of one day a better life with his girlfriend Lena ( Zoe Saldana ). Rodney instead is one of many veterans of the war in Iraq, a symbol of a generation lost, desperate and animated by an intense irrational and self-destructive urges him to fight in illegal boxing matches organized by the sinister John Petty ( Willem Dafoe ).After a fatal accident where they are killed a woman and a child, Russell ends up in prison and his life falls apart. Despite this, again a free man, he tries to resume their stubborn way, even if Lena began a new life with the local sheriff Wesley Barnes ( Forest Whitaker ), but the death of his brother, finished in a very bad round of betting and drugs , at the hands of the brutal De Groat (Woody Harrelson ), will mark the path of his life irrevocably.