Buffalo, New York, in the dead of winter. Obsessed cop Mike Fletcher (John Cusack) is up to his old tricks, chasing down the elusive trail of another serial killer instead of paying attention to his wife and teenaged daughter. They would much rather he were home, especially since its the holidays, rather than prowling the cold back streets of their city night and day. Instead of spending quality time with the family, Fletcher is with his new partner, the single and attractive transplant Kelsey Walker (Jennifer Carpenter), interviewing young streetwalkers because they are the target of the twisted killer. When Abby (Mae Whitman), Fletcher’s daughter, disappears, the obsession kicks into overdrive and he drops any pretense of restraint in order to capture or stop the killer before something horrible happens to his little girl.
The premise for this story is decent, and it comes off better than one might think, mostly thanks to the performances of Cusack and Carpenter, whom I believe a vastly underrated talent at this stage in her career. I would love to see her get even more challenging roles and wish she were in this film more. Cusack is, by now, one of those actors who can take any character and situation and twist it into several different directions depending upon his mood. He does a very smart job here and gives a fine performance, probably better than the material requires. He infuses the rather stereotypical character of Fletcher with a few of his own quirks, and you can tell that this actor truly enjoys the challenge of playing a character whose psyche is adrift and off of center. He truly shines in this role.
The Factory is directed by Morgan O’Neil (“Drift,” “Solo”) from a screenplay by O’Neil & Paul A. Leydon (“Tatua”) and is produced by Joel Silver (“The Matrix” trilogy), Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”) and David Gambino (“Whiteout,” “The Brave One”). A Dark Castle Entertainment production, The Factory stars John Cusack (“The Raven”, “2012,” “Identity”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Mae Whitman (“Parenthood,” “Arrested Development,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), Dallas Roberts ( “Supernova”), Sonya Walger (“Lost”) and Mageina Tovah (“Joan of Arcadia,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3”).
The Factory will be available on single disc DVD for $27.95. The single disc DVD features a standard definition copy of the film and UltraViolet. UltraViolet allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Own it on DVD or Digital Download starting 2/19/2013. See the trailer here.