Our memory is the source of all emotions. It is also the source of our guilt.
What if a killer would wake up one day with his memory erased? Would his crimes cease to exist?
What if an innocent wakes up one day with his memory erased and perceives himself to be a criminal?
Would that change his perception of reality?
Faltering memory continually alters the constancy of truth. Short term memory loss denies you of an identity throwing you into an abyss of excruciating agony.
Acid Factory is about a group of characters whose sense of past has vanished in a haze of coma like sleep they have woken up from only to discover that reality could be a figment of their imagination.
Their sense of right or wrong is heightened by this state of complete distrust and self righteousness.
As the story reveals through the hazy mist of confusion confounded by loss off memory, the audience is just shown the tip of the iceberg. Five men wake up inside the stolid confines of a factory to find themselves locked in this claustrophobic nowhere land. As the plot unfolds we gradually learn that two of the people who are trapped have been kidnapped and held hostage by the rest of the three for a heist. But the irony is they themselves do not know who the hostages are and who the kidnappers are. The plot is like a Rubik cube that acquires the contours of solid colours on each side as the narrative unfolds. Their fears are heightened by a phone call from the leader of the gang of goons who informs them that he is on his way with the heist and plans to knock off the two hostages as soon as he arrives. Every one fears for their lives as they are unaware about the fact which tow of them are the hostages. They plan escape, fail and end lunging at each other in despair as the clock ticks away. Individual foibles and shortcomings surface in this final hour of despair. Like caged animals they alternately bicker among themselves and then jointly plan means of escape but to no avail. The Big Boss eventually arrives and what follows is a rivetting climax leading to an action packed finale.
A high octane thriller where every second counts and every flash of your past is either a step towards realization of the true self or the horror of the discovery of who you really are.
And then the games begin as our characters start to create stories just so that they can stay in the right but what if a roomful of people realize the majority is evil?
Wouldn’t your instinct of survival dictate you too renounce yourself to evil to survive? Acid Factory plays out as a thriller, a morality play on the inside and a cat and mouse chase on the outside. This purports to be a mother of a thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat and in most probability rooting for the wrong guy.
Starring Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Diya Mirza, Danny Denzongpa, Manoj Bajpai, Irrfan Khan
Directed by Suparn Verma
Produced by Sanjay Gupta
Released: 9 October, 2009
Locations: South Africa
Genre: Action Thriller