This is the kind of film that would have felt right at home back during the glut of Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, The Bone Collector, and even Seven, were all the rage. Now, however, we expect a lot more from these types of films. This plays out more along the lines of a low-rent James Patterson adaptation. The ending probably would have worked in a novel, but it’s the lamest kind of reveal when used in a movie. The fact that whole story is “Inspired by Actual Events,” actually makes the whole film seem even funnier once the final shot cuts to black.
The Factory is suitably dark and moody thanks to Kramer Morgenthau’s cinematography and Mark Isham hits all the right notes with his score. Warner Bros. has released the DVD with absolutely no special features. All that’s included are skippable trailers before the main menu for the fantastic Beautiful Creatures (seriously, this needs your money); Cloud Atlas; Argo (2012’s Best Picture by far); Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2; Warner Bros.’ 90th Anniversary 100 and 50 Film Collections; and an ad for Ultra Violet (a code is included inside). The sound is presented solely in Dolby Digital 5.1 which features some room shaking LFE.
If you’re looking for something along the lines of the films I mentioned before you could do far worse. But if you’re a Cusack completest, there’s plenty to tide you over here until we finally see a true Grosse Pointe Blank sequel or the rumored Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
Cover art and photos courtesy Warner Bros.