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Force – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 30, 2011 | No Comments


PRODUCER – Vipul Shah
DIRECTOR – Nishikant Kamat
WRITER – Ritesh Shah
CAST – John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza, Mohnish Bahl, Raj Babbar, Vidyut Jamwal
MUSIC – Harris Jayaraj, Lalit Pandit

The current rage of clown-y comedies takes a pause with action thriller ‘Force’. A revenge drama, it is a remake of Gautam Menon’s very successful Tamil film, Kaakha Kaakha (2003) starring Suriya and Jyothika.

A team of Narcotics Department officers Yash (John Abraham), Atul (Mohnish Bahl), Mahesh and Arvind take on a gang headed by Vishnu (Vidyut Jamwal). They kill Anna (Mukesh Rishi), delivering a severe blow to Vishnu. Vishnu swears revenge and the drug mission becomes a personal (and gory) story of who-kills-who-first. Bodies start falling and the game keeps getting dangerous.

Yash is in love with Maya (Genelia Do’souza), Atul is married to Swati (Sandhya Mridul) and Arvind has a girlfriend (Anaitha Nair) in his life. In true Hindi film tradition (one which we thought we had left behind, long back) the women become easy targets to net the officers and effortlessly used by Vishnu. Nothing new here, except the amount of blood spilled and John’s extra-beefed up body.

The film uses the oft-seen romance angle between a sour and dour hero and a chirpy full-of-life heroine to offset the gore exploding all around. In between clipped investigations and daring fisticuffs Yash and Maya breeze around in new-found love. Sadly, this infuses no balance or freshness to the proceedings what with a tepid treatment and a generic story-telling.

It is a rather different kind of a film in the light of the director’s earlier award-winning films.
The story has a certain sensibility that the Hindi cinema has used and done away with ages ago. Daring and fearless officers giving Superman a complex, female love-interests as convenient plot tools, one-dimensional animal-like villains who make the screen tremble with their ferociousness and so on. It is the complete nature of the package that fails to engage and the little remaining is done away with a flaccid treatment that fails to invest heart or soul in the revenge or romance. Interestingly, for a tender romance there is not one song that maybe termed memorable.

The film has solid action scenes, never shying away from too much or too soon. The action sequences are captured with a slickness both in framing and cutting helping the pace and energy of the film. Both John Abraham and Vidyut Jamwal perform with fierce energy but while Vidyut Jamwal’s Vishnu strikes as an ominous opponent, John’s Yash forgets to add emotion or expression to action. Genelia D’Souza’s chirpiness is controlled but a distinct lack of chemistry between the lead pair never lets the romance really take off. However, her prettiness is striking and is distinctly highlighted by a colourful and well-matched couture that present her as a little special yet little regular. Mohnish Bahl as the upright and balanced officer plays the typical sensible character he has become synonymous with and Sandhya Mridul shows the characteristic spark we know her for.

The film moves in flashbacks, borrowing from the original. But a half-hearted treatment never lets it explore the potential it had, leaving it merely as a run-of-the-mill thriller. For a one-time watch it has a story that holds itself together but leaves you unmoved. Considering it is constructed to do exactly the opposite, it never lives upto the promise.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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