Reminding one of Stephen King’s The Mist terrors, yet with a twist of more realism, Acide’s story concept of a storm that produces acid rain is incredibly horrifying. The opening scene, gore, and echoes of a crying baby set up the rest of the Acide by creating this mass panic and paranoia within the audience’s hearts. The feeling of your heart racing allows the cinematography itself to be incredibly fast-paced and shaky make you think how you would react if you were placed in the same scenario.
The story follows a family attempting to escape the terror of the acid through a grey French countryside, a setting which brings a color palette that really traps the viewer in this state of depression and inevitable coldness from the plot.
As much praise that I have for production values of Acide, I wish I could have the same praise for the film’s acting. The parents, Elise (Maud Wyler) and Karim (Sofian Khammes), show a great effort within this film and bring some realism within it. Yet, ignorance and the bratty nature of their child, Juju (Antonin Chaussoy), took away from the story’s effectiveness and left me having no affection for the character whatsoever. There’s a difference between making a character so iconically hated (such as Annie Wilkes from Misery) compared to a character you’d rather not be a part of the plot at all because of their ineffective addition to the story.
Overall, while Acide has its flaws it’s also a quick and enjoyable watch with an amazing effort behind it that will leave every single viewer wanting more.
7 out of 10