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Force 2- Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on November 20, 2016 | No Comments

FILM – Force 2

PRODUCER – John Abraham & Vipul Amrutlal Shah

DIRECTOR – Abhinay Deo

WRITER – Jasmeet K. Reen, Parveez Sheikh

CAST – John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Adil Hussain

MUSIC – Prasad Sashle

Force 2, as the name suggests, has police officer Yashvardhan (John Abraham) return to catch criminals with the attendant macho dare-devilry we’ve got used to thanks to films like Dabangg and Singham (and of course the first ‘Force’.)

The second part of the franchise sees Yash, still mourning the death his wife Maya (Genelia D’Souza), chase a spy who is infiltrating RAW to aid China kill Indian RAW agents. This is not his jurisdiction but Yash is allowed to team up with RAW agent KK (Sonakshi Sinha) because he has a personal stake in the matter, the spy has just killed his best friend. The spy Shiva Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin) also has an axe to grind against the Indian Govt. It is a game of chess, the stakes are high and both men are desperately determined.

The film begins with a roller coaster pace and does not let go of it in the story or plot. To a great extent it is this pace that keeps the edge of the seat excitement for the audience as clues are thrown in the air, caught, acted upon and suddenly a completely new clue opens up and the film takes another surprising turn. The film, research and realism aside, creates a believable enough espionage and emotional environment with its stylish treatment. It makes us empathise with its characters while also pandering to the current nationalistic fervour of ‘desh badal raha hain’. What is problematic though it does so to justify the violence and aggression of its protagonist who is a police officer.

Shot lavishly in foreign locales, the film gets strong support from Sonakshi Sinha and John Abraham who make a compatible team as performers. However, this is a film of one hero and not equals, yet it is reassuring to watch the talented Sonakshi playing more than just the eye candy or love interest of the muscled man hero. The film sticks to tried and tested tropes of female employees in powerful positions but at least makes an attempt. It thankfully does not make its leads entangled in a romantic liaison but the manner in which it ends leaves room open for a third film.

John suits the part of the mourning tough guy, heart of steel and body of steel, yet compassionate enough to work as a team. The director also uses him very cleverly, more action less emoting and it works. Adil Hussain has little to do and does that with little conviction too which is quite a waste of a talent such as his. But it is Tahir Raj Bhasin’s antagonist that steals the show. He combines the focus of a criminal and the vulnerability of a revenge-seeking son with a deliberate and assured performance.

There are hardly any songs in the film except a remixed, rewritten version of ‘kaate nahi katte’ from Mr India, a rather pointless exercise.

The film is as conventional and pot-boiler-ish as they come, everything suitably finished right down to Sonakshi’s hair after a blast and burnt pieces of paper found in the sink. But the pace, John’s dare-devilry, the snaking plot and loads of action makes it a decent entertainer for a popcorn and coke trip to theatres.

Fatema Kagalwala

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