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Animal Factory Reviews

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Super Reviewer
February 25, 2015
This Steve Buscemi directed crime drama is not of the same calibre as say, Shawshank, but it offers some originality and is much more easily digestible.
July 3, 2014
An adequate drama for those who like spending time watching people doing time. Incorporates most of the usual elements which make prison life such an interesting subject including attempted rape, racism and escape plans. Nonetheless, I got the impression that it rushed through these key aspects in order to keep the length condensed. This film almost exists as a summary or overview of the incarceration experience rather than a compelling narrative. Consequently, many of the film's aspects are not developed and thus lack impact despite their violent and disturbing nature. Also, characters and their interaction with each other are so one-dimensional that you don't really have the opportunity to like, dislike or understand anyone's personality (apart from maybe the attempted rapist....not hard to dislike him).

Only for excessive fans of prison dramas but 'Prison Break' season one, 'The Green Mile' and 'Shawshank Redemption' should still take priority.
January 15, 2014
A strong & intense little film taking place in the prison world. The film is very low key concentrating on characters & showing how tough & awful the carceral life is. The film is never going into extremes but rather plays like an almost documentary following the inmates, the traffics, the sexual assaults, the bullying.... It's a gritty little drama but very efficient.
November 3, 2013
Film "Animal Factory" with greats such as Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Willem Dafoe and the film's protagonist Edward Furlong played all just cool!!!Movie quite reveals about the life of prisoners in jail!!! this film main hero lucky to have met directly with the authority, or have been all bad for the main character!!!My score to the film 4 out of 5!!
½ October 5, 2013
I'm not sure what the critics saw in this banal prison movie. It's boring and predictable, the acting is subpar and they somehow even managed to make Danny Trejo uninteresting. The only highlight (or lowlight?) was Tom Arnold shoving his middle finger up Edward Furlong's butt. 3.5/10.
½ September 7, 2013
Completely wrongly cast, like putting Gary Glitter on the phones at Childline. Furlong once had promise and now he looks like a fat lesbian.
½ August 10, 2013
The potential is there but it loses it's way on the way to a cop out ending--Watchable, but ludicrous!!
June 30, 2013
steve buscemi delivers a gritty take on the prison films. following on from the classic hbo oz this film really brings some hard facts about life behind bars.
½ June 16, 2013
Kicks off as a hackneyed Frank Darabont ripoff but quickly transitions into a raw under-the-radar prison epic. A stellar cast with powerful discharge, misaffected by few exceptions (ahem...Tom Arnold) and thoroughly boosted by others (Mickey Rourke in drag). Highly recommended prison noir.
½ May 5, 2013
A bleak and compelling thriller that unfortunately leads to an anticlimactic ending!

½ April 19, 2013
I don't really remember this.
½ April 17, 2013
Good film directed by Buscemi
½ April 10, 2013
Edward Furlong plays a 12 year old prison inmate who bunks with Jan The Actress, who is a quite possibly the scariest character ever put on screen.

Also, Tom Arnold proves that he only needs to be in a movie for a total of 3 minutes, to completely ruin it.
January 11, 2013
Buscemi directs an average movie about a young man in prison. The cast is pretty good but there really is nothing new in Animal Factory. Its watchable and decent but hardly anything groundbreaking
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2012
I will eventually see all of your directorial efforts, Mr. Buscemi.
December 7, 2012
Havent seen yet. Looks like it could be watchable.
December 5, 2012
Not bad But it's a typical prison movie & has nothing special
December 1, 2012
Unfortunately, a stellar cast of seasoned actors doesn't compensate for the lack of a compelling story. Steve Buscemi delivers a realistic and authentic portrayal of surviving on the inside. Micky Rourke is unrecognizable and Eddie Furlong barely seems present until Tom Arnold tries to rape him. Well-made but nothing truly captivating.
November 13, 2012

Not as gritty as, let's say, AMERICAN ME or MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, but still engrossing. Great cast of characters and Mickey Rourke like I've never seen him, as Jan the Actress.
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