Besides Abbas-Mustan, Sanjay Gupta has attempted interesting thrillers in the past. His new outing, Acid Factory, directed by Suparn Verma, is a cat 'n' mouse chase that will have you on edge of the seat as it unfolds.
Inspired by Hollywood film Unknown, Acid Factory is engaging in most parts. Also, it's well adapted to suit Indian sensibilities. It starts off strong enough and keeps the momentum going till the end, though, of course, it goes back and forth at times and that could get a bit confusing.
Acid Factory demands your attention from the very start. The viewer ought to stay alert and watch the goings-on carefully. Even if you blink, chances are you may miss a vital link and the subsequent portions may not work for you since there's something happening every minute.
At the same time, Acid Factory has its share of loose ends. The climax, for instance, could've been more impactful. Also, the concept is too urbane and holds appeal for the urban youth, who've a penchant for slick thrillers.
Final word? Acid Factory is a well-crafted, well executed film with the ensemble cast pitching in competent performances.
A man (Fardeen Khan) wakes up in a deserted factory surrounded by several other seemingly dead men. He has absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there and he is unable to get out. Before too long, the others (Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Manoj Bajpayee, Danny Denzongpa, Diya Mirza) wake up and they all have amnesia too.
All they know is that some of them have been shot, one is tied to a chair, a third is hanging by his wrist, which is handcuffed to a railing... It is eventually discovered that they have lost their memory because of gas leaked from a container.
Much later, they figure out that two of them have been kidnapped by the other three. Who are the kidnappers and who are their victims? Meanwhile, the police are tracking a sinister man (Irrfan Khan), while a worried wife (Neha) desperately searches for her husband.
Acid Factory has enough going for it, thanks to its premise which is intriguing. But the plot is such that it takes time to come to the point. There's not much happening in the first hour, except the fact that everyone's clueless about their identity and how they seem trapped in a dilapidated factory.
But the answers start flowing in the second hour. The answers come quick and the reasons why they are trapped are also justified. But, as mentioned earlier, the conclusion could've been as realistic like the rest of the proceedings. Also, the track of the harried wife trying to trace her husband isn't too convincing.
This is Suparn Verma's second film as a director and midway through the film, you realise that Suparn has grown as a storyteller. The film bears a slick look and also, the narrative holds your attention for most parts. Cinematography is top notch. So is the sound design. Tinu Verma's stunts and chase sequences deserve distinction marks.
Every actor pitches in an effortless performance. They aren't putting on an act. The film has an assorted mix of experienced and accomplished actors (Danny Denzongpa, Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan) and yet-to-reach-there actors (Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea and Diya Mirza) and each display confidence in their respective parts. Neha doesn't get scope, while Gulshan Grover is as usual.
On the whole, Acid Factory is a slick thriller that has an interesting premise and also super stunts and chase sequences as its trump cards. The film is targeted at the urban youth, especially those who relish thrillers. Of course, the film will have to storm the dull pre-Diwali period which might curtail its prospects to an extent despite decent merits and also, the three biggies that arrive next Friday.
Producer: Sanjay Gupta
Directed: Suparn Verma
Cast: Fardeen Khan, Diya Mirza, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani, Danny Denzongpa