Daniel Fierman
January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Animal Factory

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
performer
Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Mickey Rourke
director
Steve Buscemi
author
Edward Bunker
genre
Drama
We gave it a C+

Cons get shivved. Inmates break into gangs. Hard-timers spit tough-guy lines and find camaraderie in the unlikeliest of places. In fact, the only surprises in Steve Buscemi’s jailhouse drama are the appalling continuity errors (Kazaam! That unlit cigarette is smoldering) and twisted casting (four words: Tom Arnold, prison rapist). The movie’s serviceable enough, but so familiar to fans of Oz that one has to wonder: Does anybody in Hollywood watch television anymore? C+

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