A first time felon is sentenced to two years in prison and is taken under the wing of a veteran inmate. (Verleiher-Text)

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Englisch In the prison drama subgenre, there is decent competition in American cinema and there is still a lot missing for Animal Factory to break into the top tier, especially a more developed ending and an overall more polished screenplay. However, it does have a strong cast led by the experienced Willem Dafoe and well-cast actors in supporting roles (Danny Trejo). Overall impression: 70%. ()


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Englisch Steve Buscemi takes a stab at directing now and then, and he's not very good at it. Yet in this film, he surprises us. This is definitely a gritty film. Buscemi also chose his actors well, with Dafoe and Furlong fitting into the storyline, even if Furlong is too much of a pretty boy at the beginning. In the end, though, he handled his role just fine. ()



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Englisch A smaller and grittier The Shawshank Redemption. I haven't liked Defoe since I was a kid, but he was perfect here, Danny Trejo is my secret crush, and I like Rourke too, even though I didn't recognize him at all here. The direction is decent and tries not to take your eyes off the camera, so scenes like the razor in the shower, or the close-up of the slashing of the vein, for example, will make the weaker characters turn away with a guffaw. Some of the glimpses of prison life are hard to believe and I didn't really buy them, but what the hell... It was a hell of a good watch, and the last line of the film, "Better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven," pretty much sums up what this is all about. ()


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Englisch A young man played by Furlong is arrested for selling marijuana and becomes emotionally close to the experienced convict Willem Dafoe, who takes him under his wing to prevent him from becoming someone's bitch, a threat that is is clear, because Furlong's youthful looks are like a magnet for the horny criminals and perverts that abound in prison. The story is by no means original, but the prison setting is absolutely perfect, the atmosphere properly dense and, most importantly, my favourite Willem Dafoe as the bald Earl has charisma to spare. The stifling mood of the film is supported by an interesting soundtrack. ()


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Englisch A very distinctive and modest film that at first glance impresses only with its attractive cast. Especially Willem Dafoe as the "ruler of hell" has tremendous charisma and it is he who carries most of the story on his shoulders. But he’s ably seconded by the young Furlong and the hideous transvestite Mickey Rourke, whom I didn't recognize at all. Buscemi doesn't rush anywhere, he tells the story patiently and slowly, focusing primarily on the content rather than the resulting effect on the audience. His Animal Factory is a film that is beautiful to watch, passes by quickly and, thanks to the well-developed psychology and character of the protagonists, is easy to immerse oneself in, but unfortunately, it's awfully obvious that it's still a movie, and I didn't buy the idyllic and friendly setting inside the prison walls, not to mention the final escape, which everyone must have improvised on the spot. And that’s why I have to stick to a lower rating. ()

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