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The Facility [DVD]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 June 2013
A group of random people are taking part in a drug trial for "pro 9". It ends up being more than they bargained for.

Not wanting to give anything away, but this drug has some pretty bad side effects.

Actually that's all you need to know about this film. It's ok. It's not particularly original or innovative, and the ending is a bit of a let down, but it was ok to watch once. The acting was not bad at all. It's a british film, which I did not know before I watched it.

As for the content, there is a bit of swearing, no excessive gore bit quite a bit of blood, and a small amount of nudity which is in no way sexual!

I would give this film 3.5/5
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on 2 March 2014
After seeing an advert for this I bought it straight away. The film has a really interesting plot however the film itself had a lot more potential. The ideas behind it are good and the acting isn't bad. But it's quite short for a film so it feels like you're missing something, the ending is also pretty abrupt, leaving it feeling unfinished. Overall it's a good film if you've got a few hours to spare as it's relatively unique.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
To be perfectly honest, after just viewing Ian Clark's (director/writer) The Facility, I jumped onto IMDb to find that the rating for it was exactly as I predicted. At the time of writing the film sits at just under 5/10, perhaps not a true marker since it's largely under seen and very few people have bothered to review it, but not a surprising score thus far since familiarity of formula breeds contempt...

Plot basically finds a group of human guinea pigs enrolling for a two week trial at a remote research centre. They are to be injected with a new drug called Pro-9, and after their two week stay they will pocket a cool £2000 each. The group consists of the needy, the inquisitive, the bold and the stupid, and sure enough once night falls and the lock down commences, some of the participants get a reaction to the drug...

It follows the standard trajectory for such a set-up. Characters are introduced, we get to know them for half hour, you quickly learn who the A-Hole is, and then it's drug reaction time and we are thrust into murder death kill and locked in siege panic. Tis a time for heroes, maybe even some interesting revelations? Who will survive? If anyone? Maybe there's a twist in the tale as well?

For his debut feature film Ian Clark has played safe and utilised the low budget wisely. The pic shows him to have great promise in the horror genre, his keen sense of claustrophobic atmosphere is evident and carries the story well, and he knows how to construct a horror scene. He also gets more than solid performances from his lively cast, where Alex Reid (The Descent/Wilderness) is a reassuring presence.

It isn't over bloody, or even terrifying and full of boo jump shocks, but it tickles away at the nerve that doesn't like to be unhinged, and it has a good ending to boot! If you are searching for something new in the sub-genre of zombie/infected siege movies you will be disappointed, but this is actually better than some of those bigger budgeted sub-genre movies. While it marks Clark out as someone British Horror fans might like to keep an eye on. 6.5/10
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on 6 October 2014
A little slow to start with but great when it gets going. For this type of film it's actually quite realistic in terms of what would or could appen in reality. Few jumpy scenes, on the edge if seat moments
The acting was also good
Good film :) glad I bought
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on 27 May 2015
OK I guess but the plot seems to be a compilation of various other films rather obviously sewn together. Hardly original and some of the scripting/acting is a bit lame in places but still worth watching once.
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on 7 July 2014
Nothing spectacular here, not really anything new but a nice take with a low budget. End i found a little disappointing.
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on 23 January 2015
This is a really good movie, more of a chiller thriller than a horror but it does have a good twist at the end.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
The Facility was shown at various festivals during the second half of 2012 and I saw the premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was chosen to be part of "The best of the Fest" programme. The film relates the story of a clinical trial that goes terribly wrong when the drug being tested, PRO-9 produces horrific side effects. The Facility of the title is the remote medical centre to which the volunteers are invited and the action is compressed into a few hours at the single location.
The atmosphere and tensions in the isolated medical complex are well realized and in some ways "The Facility" itself is the real star of the film. Imaginative cinematography and superb sound design coupled with a very fast edit all help create an uneasy and claustrophobic world. Steve Evets as Morty and Amit Shah as Arif deliver the stand-out performances though Aneurin Barnard and Alex Reid are engaging and credible leads.
In summary The Facility is a very well crafted, disturbing and exciting film. It is so refreshing to see a horror film firmly based on reality with a totally plausible story and no zombies, vampires, extraterrestrials, paranormal activity or monsters of any kind.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`The Facility' is about a group of middle-to-upper class people who volunteer to test a new drug called Pro9. If you can get over the fact that all but one appear far too well-to-do to feel the need to be human guinea pigs, then you have a reasonable premise for a horror/thriller movie.

Naturally, things go wrong. The drug makes people go crazy and look like they're suffering from extreme sunburn. I'm sure the writer wanted to convey a message about how bad pharmaceutical companies are. However, if that was the `hidden message' then it's a little too well hidden.

What transpires plays out like a low budget zombie film (almost like a rough prequel to 28 Days Later). When the side effects start to show themselves in the test subjects, they just go crazy (think `The Infected' from 28 Days Later) and, due to the `sunburnt-effect' make-up, appear like zombies.

What's left is people running and hiding from their former colleagues all the way through it.

That wouldn't be so bad if the characters were a little more defined. However, half the test subjects are pretty unlikable and the others (even the good ones we're supposed to root for) are just too bland for us to be bothered about. The acting is as good as you can expect, but it isn't the actors' fault that they have so little to work with.

It's not the worst horror/thriller film out there, it just probably could have been a little better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2014
The film started of well but it's the usual madness, I got bored but I continue to watch it till the end some how. I wasn't happy with the end credits of this movie.
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