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Control Factor (2003)

An average everyman discovers he's the unwitting target of an ultra secret domestic black-op centering on mind control.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Bishop
Conrad Dunn ...
Ann Marin ...
Susan Potvin ...
Detective Jordan
Homeless Trance Man (as MIF)
Lisa Messinger ...
Abused Wife
Abused Husband
Louise Gauthier ...
Colm Magner ...


Lance Bishop is a common thirty-three years old American citizen, married with his beloved wife Karen and working in an insurance company. When a deranged shooter invades the building where Lance works, and shoots killing and hurting some colleagues of Lance, the guy tries to kill him and tells that he is saving Lance from a horrible destiny. Soon Bishop has nightmares and his life changes when he discovers what is the cause of his bad dreams. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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18 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Control Factor - Zeugen der Zukunft  »

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Did You Know?


The main character's name - Lance Bishop - is a combination of actor Lance Henriksen's first name and the name of the character he played in Aliens (1986) and _Alien3 (1992)_ - Bishop. See more »


Lance Bishop: [narration] I once thought the devil was dead because his enemies killed him and took his job. Well I discovered the real secret - they set their sights on God.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Hard scifi NOT for the masses!
1 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been having an ongoing conversation with a friend of mine who has conflicting comments about specific episodes of Stargate Atlantis when the rare gems of hard scifi scripts appear. This film is like one of those episodes.

It is rare to see a good script turned into something with stars, cash and the promotion behind it. This particular Baldwin is most definitely a blockbuster actor and I don't feel the 'family curse' extends to him. With more money you might feel this movie could be right up there on the billboards. Unfortunately it is hard scifi and the masses wouldn't cope with it. They want the softer, soapier stories and if that is what gets the blanket scifi genre out there as a viable product, so be it.

But every so often, there comes a tvseries or film that gives us hard scifi fans so much enjoyment that we collect together and make our views known. This film has its faults. The soundtrack feels separated from the lacking environmental sounds, the ending seems a bit rushed. There are many things that could be done better and a lot of these things appear to be to do with camera angles/direction and timings of specific shots/scenes.

We don't say everyone must immediately watch this or that DVD. We are here however unanimous in saying, "Control Factor is a gem of a movie for the hard scifi crowd and not to be missed even with its faults!"

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