7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Crazy twists, bad police work and a fairly miserable two hours,
This review is from: The Factory (Amazon Instant Video)
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.