The Dust Factory (2004)
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as Grandpa Randolph
as Melanie Lewis
as Ryan Flynn
as Angie Flynn
as Rocky Mazzelli
as Trapeze Catcher
as Ryan Flynn Sr.
Critic Reviews for The Dust Factory
A tedious, precious fantasy about a boy faced with choosing between life and death -- an endless existence in limbo is actually more like it.
It could use a better title, although this awful one certainly captures the film's tedium.
A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable.
It would have made a much more powerful short than full-length movie.
Audience Reviews for The Dust Factory
Just believe before you look. Ryan was involved in a horrible accident one day that left him scarred and a bit of a recluse. He doesn't like to hang out with other kids and he doesn't talk much, only to his friend Rocky. One day is grandmother dies and he starts thinking if that is the easy way out of his troubles. His grandfather tells him a tale of The Dust Factory where he mentally escapes and ultimately may help him deal with his problems. Once in the Dust Factory he meets a girl, Melanie, who teaches him he'll need to leap to live life and not just let it pass him by. "If there wasn't a God...that would be harsh." Eric Small, director of the 10,000 Days television series and the upcoming 10,000 Days movie, delivers The Dust Factory in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is a bit eccentric but definitely fun to watch unfold. I did enjoy the characters but the dialogue was a bit plain. The settings were cool and unique and the acting was pretty good. The cast includes Peter Horton, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Kelley, Kim Meyers, and Michael Angarano. "Grandpa doesn't even know that grandma is gone." I grabbed The Dust Factory off Netflix as a movie my daughter and I could watch together. Unfortunately, she's only 5 and this was about to fall off Netflix online so we watched it last weekend (she wasn't overly interested and probably felt this was a "daddy movie"). I will say the ultimate evolution of the main character was worth following but the overall film was very average and kind of blah. I do recommend watching this once, but this isn't on the level of My Girl or Stand by Me. "I'm definitely not big on jumping." Grade: C+
Two charming kids and the boy's grandfather spend time in limbo between life and death. It is a strange fantasy world that seems free of trouble except for a creepy circus, which is named the dust factory. The youngsters amidst falling for each other are forced to confront some philosophy about life and death, pleasure and pain. Some of it is thought-provoking. Many of the special effects suggest a fantasy world I've never seen before in a movie, but it is obvious the effects had a low budget. Artistically it seemed the writer/director thought they were being clever dealing with these deep issues, but I was uncomfortable with the death themed circus and many of the grandfather's lessons were nonsensical.
I'm not entirely sure that anyone really learned a valuable lesson in this movie, wow you started to talk again big deal. And the other world was really strange if you ask me, I think if I were them I'd be a little creaped out and wanna leave instead of wanting to stay so bad. But whatever, it was okay I guess.
The Dust Factory Quotes
|Grandpa Randolph:||Dust is a funny thing. It's everywhere all at once, like a teeny, tiny snowstorm, in every ray of light. Even the moon is just a big dust ball. But you know, it's all in the way you look at it. Not this way or that way, not forways or backways. Just believe before you look. The man in the moon has a magic all his own.|