Having watched John Cusack's horrendous performance in The Raven recently I was reluctant going into The Factory. The allure for me was that it is a Dark Castle production. In the early 2000s they produced movies like House on Haunted Hill, Ghost Ship and 13 Ghosts and in recent years they've shifted into other areas with movies like Splice and Ninja Assassin... oh and Jennifer Carpenter being in this one added a measure of credibility. The credits just finished rolling and I came away from The Factory really impressed. This is a grouse little thriller that defies convention and offers a good premise with a taught timeline. John Cusack and Jennifer Carpenter are two detectives working on a 10 year case of missing prostitutes. All victims have disappeared from the streets in the midst of winter and no bodies have been found. For several years the disappearances have stopped and just as the case is about to be closed, they start again. Cusack's daughter is mistaken for a hooker and abducted by the same guy her father is chasing. It plays out in a similar vein to Silence of the Lambs and its cold wintery setting provokes the mood of Seven. John Cusack is great in this which is a huge contrast to his overzealous performance in The Raven. I'm sure that the storyline can be picked apart but without looking for flaws, The Factory works on most levels. There are good twists and turns that few viewers will anticipate and it offers a wonderful final act that sets it apart from the average Hollywood thriller. I recommend this one, for sure!