1 March 2013 12:51 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – John Cusack is in a very bad mood. Not even a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner can melt his icily grim disposition, as he speeds through traffic, shouts expletives at random extras and takes part in several terse phone conversations (hopefully with his agent). Of course, if I was an A-grade actor trapped in Z-grade dreck, I’d be peeved too.

Morgan O’Neill’s bargain basement thriller, “The Factory,” continues Cusack’s curious descent into grisly schlock destined for a direct-to-video release. As grossly miscast as the actor may have been in James McTeigue’s dreadful “The Raven,” the role at least allowed Cusack to exude some semblance of dry, deadpan wit. “The Factory” merely requires him to appear miserable, and suffice it to say that the actor’s misery is wholly convincing.

DVD Rating: 0.5/5.0

For the vast majority of its running time, O’Neill’s picture resembles a by-the-numbers »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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