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The Factory 2010 R CC

A killer roams the streets, abducting women on cold, quiet nights. Detective Mike Fletcher (John Cusack) is the one cop on the force bent on bringing him to justice.

Starring:
John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Mystery
Director Morgan O'Neill
Starring John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter
Supporting actors Dallas Roberts, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger, Mageina Tovah, Katherine Waterston, Gary Anthony Williams, Michael Trevino, Cindy Sampson, Vincent Messina, Lita Tresierra, Andrew Johnson, Ksenia Solo, Charles Papasoff, Don Postles, Maxim Roy, Glenda Braganza, Luis Oliva, Conrad Pla
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on August 24, 2013
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At the end of the opening scroll of the cast appears the blurb "inspired by actual events." I did a little checking and found that this film is apparently (loosely?) based on the story of Gary Heidnik, who was executed by the state of Pennsylvania in 1999. Heidnik was a serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and brutalized them in a manner similar to that depicted in this film.

In the film Dallas Roberts portrays Gary Gemaux, the Heidnik character. John Cusack plays Mike Fletcher, a police detective who became obsessed with solving the case. He had spent a lot of time trying to catch the killer during a three year stretch before the period covered by the film.

The film is more than a bit melodramatic. Figuratively speaking, as the conclusion approached, that train is roaring down the track, the damsel is tied to said track, and Detective Fletcher is galloping to the rescue. In the movie, the Heidnik settting is changed, for Fletcher is driving recklessly through the snow-covered streets of a late November in Buffalo.

I thought Cusack was solid and basically carried the film. I felt that the other characters were far less convincing.

There's a bizarre twist near the end that I did not see coming. After this strange twist, the film gives us flashbacks of all the clues that we should have spotted. Yep, the clues were there. Nope, I did not pick up on any of them.

The film did keep me engaged, but I cannot give it a strong recommendation.
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The Factory is currently on Netflix and I can only say I'm happy I didn't pay for it. Set in Buffalo, NY - which must have one of the worst police departments in history according to this film - it's a miserable tale of abducted prostitutes and the obsessive cop who tries to track them down. Apart from the cliche of the obsessive cop, needless to say his daughter also gets abducted by the same guy. Jennifer Carpenter plays Debra Morgan and is likely to get typecast in this role forever.

It's a dark movie that's almost too dark for its own good, where the clues generally don't lead anywhere and eventually the way the killer is found is ridiculous. There's a twist at the end which is one of the most absurd I've seen in a long time (they spice it up with flashbacks of the hints like they're remaking the ending of The Sixth Sense). None of the cops knows how to call for back up and amid the abduction, sexual abuse and general aura of violence, there's a fat guy who gets called fat is about half of his scenes.

After nearly two hours of this, you'll feel like you need a shower. It's a rehash of everything we've seen before and has some uncomfortable parallels with the true story of the three women kidnapped in Ohio. John Cusack phones in his performance and there's really not much exciting about that.
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It's kind of a 'Silence of the Lambs', with a dab of 'Payback' meets the real life stories of several abduction victims (possibly a bit exploitative). If you terrify easily, this film is not for you. Well-acted, but the screenplay lacks polish. It's trite, but could have been kind of acceptable with a few tweaks. Screenplay had ZERO consultation from police, I think it's fair to say. There is a pivotal scene where the cop's (Cusack) daughter is portrayed as too blatantly stupid. A very small change in the degree of recklessness shown would have added more cred to the story and more sympathy for the character. Another small mess-up that is emblematic of the lack of thoughtfulness in the writing, has to do with poor investigation technique where the detectives don't actually investigate a witness statement, they accept her opinion as fact instead of easily checking her assertion. It would not have taken more time or cost more money to shoot it more responsibly. Things get a little worse at the end. I have no theoretical problem with the crazy twist, BUT it is done really lame. Not a lot of effort would have had to go into a re-write to make it kind of workable. I feel bad for Cusack. I mean he got paid, but this kind of film can hurt your status. HIS performance is fine, and contributes significantly to making the film watchable. It's the writing that stinks.
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I bought this movie because I'm a big John Cusack fan and definitely think he's one of the most underrated actors in all of Hollywood. I also am really starting to like Mae Whitman as one of my favorite actresses. (Yes, the little girl from Independence Day and Parenthood) However, this movie is pretty bad. I have seen worse, but this movie starts out very intriguing, but after awhile it starts losing you and stays there until the end, but even before it ends you're already done with it because you've already figured it out. You just wait around to see if you're right. I don't recommend this movie.
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This is a disappearance mystery that gets personal. A policeman has been searching after a predator that is responsible for the disappearance of several females. The problem is no one else in the precinct is really interested because the females were street walkers. And then the unthinkable happens, one of the officers loses a family member. The police do not know if any of the females are dead or alive. And they have no idea who is responsible. If you like mysteries and thrillers then this should work for you. To fully enjoy this one you must watch from start to finish and you will not mind seeing it more than once.
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