The answer isn't ever made clear and is barely hinted at; after a while the film seems to want to just get past this whole issue and move on with the story. The support cast features a lot of smaller roles, some from familiar support roles playing standard felons such as Trejo, Cassel and La Botz. Despite the big names attached to this film I can only assume it did limited business in the US as it seemed to take years to reach the UK. This book deserves it: dark, gritty, true; it has it all. You come away with the sense that you should have come to care (or at least to know) more about its central characters than you do. I found it got off to quit a slow start. |, December 19, 2001 Prison = hell. I found it got off to quit a slow start. They are human, though. However once in San Quentin the drama really picked up and the fascinating nature of prison life in the most scariest place imaginable drew me in. So I was glad I stuck it out. At the same time, none of the cons in this book are innocent. I very rarely give five-star reviews. The title Animal Factory was apt and showed me that that is exactly what San Quentin was (still is?) Recommended. Earl Copen, a long-time resident, takes him under his wing. A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. It's the relationship between Willem Dafoe, as Earl, the hard-time veteran, and Edward Furlong, as Ron, the new boy he takes under his wing, that makes the film so compelling. Physically frail and unaccustomed to his rough surroundings, Ron is primed to fall victim to sexual predators and bullying guards -- that is, until he's befriended by Earl (Willem Dafoe), a veteran inmate who finds meaning in protecting the vulnerable new kid. A bleak tale of life inside a maximum security prison. It was plain and boring and I can't think of more than one thing I liked about. At the very least, we can judge that society’s legal system. Ours, in Bunker’s view, doesn’t come out smelling like a rose. Their dynamic is still really good – that awkward tension between Earl’s paternal and yet sexual desire for Ron, and Ron’s platonic love for Earl. The book looses its focal point when it goes on and on with the W. If Erin Brockovich wasn't became so mainstream in Hollywood, I can see the studio writing a screenplay for "Animal Factory" and Julia Roberts being the lead activist taking charge. investigation. Not that I wanted to in the first place. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. His character stands out as a small, young, and inexperienced inmate, that is thrown into a prison with ruthless criminals. It starts well and has promise but Bunker's script seems to get lost past the halfway mark and sadly ends with a climax than only serves to disappoint. His first published novel. Animal Factory is also very character driven as well, and the performances are good across the board, especially Willem Dafoe; but would you expect any different. He is taken under the wing of a institutionalized convict named Earl. Coming Soon. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. This was ex-con Bunker's second novel, and to some extent his inexperience shows: there is unnecessary repetition, and the narrative is episodic. Refresh and try again. With it being an election year, the pressure is on when a privileged white kid is found with a considerable amount of drugs and the judge sends him down for five years. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service.