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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Factory'
(John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Dallas Roberts, et al / DVD / R / 2013 / Warner Home Video)

Overview: Detective Mike Fletcher, a rugged and obsessive police officer, and his partner Kelsey Walker, are on the trail of a serial killer who prowls the streets targeting young streetwalkers. When his teenage daughter disappears, Fletcher discovers that the killer has kidnapped her after mistaking her for a prostitute.

DVD Verdict: Well, I really wanted this to be so much better than it was. With two of my favorite actors on the same screen at the same time, it was obvious right off that this was filmed a long time ago. Firstly, Cusack had puppy fat around the face and hips, not to mention an old cell phone. And Carpenter's hair was short, much like it was @ the 2nd season of Dexter. Indeed, come to find they actualy filmed it back in 2008 and it has sat on a shelf gathering dust ever since.

And, sadly, that is where it should have stayed - much like that Case 39 film starring Renee Zellwegger and Bradley Cooper that was released in 2010, but was actually filmed a decade before! Anyway, the plot line of a cop in search of an elusive serial killer who then mistakes his chubby, manly-looking young daughter for a low rent, trashly street walker is ludicrous in itself, but the fact that once the killer has her in bright lights he still can't see he's made a mistake is beyond me!

There are so many things wrong with this movie that it's easier to highlight the good ones. Like, if you haven't guessed who the serial killers' accomplice is in the first 20 mins you will be completely shocked by the huge twist of an ending! That said, if you figured it out, you are simply just waiting for it to reveal itself. That said, again, the twist ending is fun, is well played out, and for the most part can be labelled as well-acted.

There are not many characters here, not many locations, simply snow in a Chicago Xmas setting. Cusack does his straight-to-DVD acting, Carpenter reins in her Dexter potty mouth just enough for us to believe she is not that same cop-type character. And the acting props actualy go to the serial killer, who weirdly borders the line of nuts one minute, kind and considerate the next quite naturally. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.