Mixed up. Muddled up. Messed up. Whatever you want to call it. “The Factory” fails to make the grade.
Mike Fletcher (John Cusack) is a police detective in Buffalo, New York, tracking a serial killer for nearly three years. The case went dormant. But, suddenly, another prostitute goes missing and Fletcher resumes his search along with his partner, Kelsey Walker (Jennifer Carpenter).
In an effort to distinguish this film about a serial killer from the many films that went before, the writers (Paul Leyden and Morgan O’Neill), have cobbled some of the most outrageous plot elements ever assembled in a serious effort to entertain fans of the genre. It’s just dumb.
Instead of detailing the plot twists here, suffice it to say the story reminded me a bit of the new TV series, “The Following.” Except on a smaller scale. I also have trouble believing the weekly adventures of Kevin Bacon’s character. So, perhaps I’m overly cynical. Nah.
If you decide to watch “The Factory” until its bizarre conclusion. Well, at least you’ve been warned. It don’t make sense. Grade: D-
Street Date: February 19, 2013
Format: DVD only (includes Ultraviolet)
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributed by Warner Home Video