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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, 45 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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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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Should have waited for a better script but the movie works to entertain. Another one where you are glad you did not spend the bucks to see it in a theater but was fine for the afternoon home.
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#1- I admire & appreciate Cusack's work. Otherwise, this would have been a 1-star rating in my book.

#2- Other reviewers raved about the "twist ending", and I kept hoping that would make up for the rest of the movie.

Cusack did as fine a job as could be done with this limp script. Can't really imagine anyone else doing any better.

As for the "twist"... well, for me there was no twist. I spent most of the movie dismissing character lines & other hints that seemed to be obviously leading to a specific conclusion- the wrong conclusion, of course, to make the twist at the end more surprising. Turns out the hints were in fact tells: the script and direction really were THAT transparent. Very disappointing. On the plus side, there is relatively little violence/gore shown on screen, and Dallas Roberts had me convinced that he really was a very damaged, creepy, deranged psychopath. (These plusses are not enough to make me recommend the film as a whole, though.)
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Gary (Dallas Roberts) has a hobby. He kidnaps prostitutes and impregnates them. He also kills a "pre-op transgender prostitute." (The best surprise is no surprise.) Mike Fletcher (John Cusack) and Kelsey Walker (Jennifer Carpenter) are two Buffalo detectives assigned to find the missing girls. This is not a who-dun-it. We see the culprit. The first part of the film establishes character and dysfunctional relationships. When Abby (Mae Whitman), Mike's prostitute looking daughter, becomes the latest missing victim, Mike crosses the line to find her.

First off, I love John Cusack, but he is no Liam Neeson. This doesn't have the action level or intensity of "Taken", or even "Taken 2." We watch as Mike tries to locate his daughter as well as we see his daughter being "cared for," so there is no feel of urgency for the audience as there is for Mike who is trying to piece things together. There is also a flashback sequence that pops up from time to time. This ties to a twist which made the film er, um...silly.

The movie is a "B" grade crime/drama/thriller. Might work as a rental. Soundtrack played "Shuffle off to Buffalo" for no apparent reason other than the fact it has the word "Buffalo" in it. Fairly lame.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex?, no nudity.
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