Drug-testing has always interested me for some reason. I guess the concept of people volunteering to take an unknown substance and see what could go wrong with their bodies both terrifies and fascinates me. Some people do it for money, while others do it as an attempt to help mankind. But regardless of their motives, the possibility for tragedy is always there. THE FACILITY is a film that asks what might happen in the extreme case if a drug were to cause reactions way beyond the scope of what is expected. The results are both chillingly realistic and terrifying.
If you are not familiar with THE FACILITY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Cinedigm website:
At a remote medical facility, a group of seven strangers begin a clinical trial for the experimental new drug: Pro-9. As the untested drug begins to course through their veins, unexpected side-effects start to take hold and several of the volunteers are sent into an uncontrollable murderous rage.
I wouldn’t really classify this film as horror so much as a thriller. It has quite a bit of blood, although not much gore to speak of; it’s also not very graphic in the violence department, either. But it’s definitely got some intensity and some creepy moments.
I like the location that was chosen for THE FACILITY. The place looks just like I would expect it to. Not to mention, it is remote but in a scenic, wooded area. I’ve heard places like this are chosen by drug companies to help promote a sense of peace. But there’s no peacefulness to be had in this film.
The acting is great with Aneurin Barnard heading up a top-notch cast. I enjoy Barnard’s work, and have ever since I reviewed him in THE CITADEL last year (click here to read that review). Likewise, his supporting cast do a great job in their roles.
But even though I enjoyed this film, it still lacks a bit, particularly in regard to the plot. We are never told what the drug is for, nor are we technically given any resolution at the end; all we get are tidbits of information in written form. Also, the characters aren’t quite fleshed out as much as I would have liked, although that is just a minor observation.
Still, with my reservations aside, THE FACILITY is an entertaining flick and certainly worthy of watching. I recommend giving it a shot if you’re in the mood for a quick thriller. The film is available now in a variety of formats.