Though Suparn Verma’s Acid Factory has an intriguing plot, it could have been better had more time and talent been invested. The movie is loosely based on “Unknown”, a film that seems to be forgotten for pretty much the same reason.
A group of strangers find themselves locked in a remote Cape Town warehouse, and try to remember what they are doing there. They initially distrust each other but then pool in their think tanks to conclude they are kidnapped and try to figure out their captor and a possible way of escape. But the captor calls to announce his arrival, throwing them all in a frenzy yet setting out to stage a coup. But minutes before he enters the warehouse, their memory returns and suddenly the group realizes that the hunted are actually the hunters, changing the rules of the game.
The movie begins with cop Gulshan Grover employing the services of another cop to go undercover and infiltrate a deadly organization operating out of Cape Town. From then on the movie flits in and out of flashbacks, introducing the likes of Danny Denzongpa, Dino Morea, Manoj Bajpai, Aftab Shivdasani and a ravishing Dia Mirza. But despite trying too hard to be a serious film, Acid Factory doesn’t quite make it. The stunts go on for too long and the action scenes just seem out of sync. Moreover, there’s hardly anything anyone says and a lot is left to the imagination, without sufficient material to chew on.
Sadly, despite some good camerawork by Sahil Kapoor and an able performance by the cast, Acid Factory appears like an unsuccessful experiment. Go watch The Duchess instead.