'Force 2' - Movie Review

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 09:39 IST | Shaheen Parkar |

Abhinay Deo's forte are thrillers, John Abraham spells action. The two have had a field day along with action unit and cinematographer. To give them their due, there are some well-crafted action scenes. 'Force 2' is high on style, low on substance

'Force 2'
U/A: Action/Thriller
Director: Abhinay Deo
Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Often in a film, especially towards the end, one of the characters spouts a dialogue that surmises what's going on in the audience's mind. This time around John says it mid-way, a few moments after the intermission — Something's going wrong.

He gets it bang on. 'Force 2' is high on style, low on substance.

Deo's forte are thrillers, John spells action. The two have had a field day along with the action unit and the cinematographer. To give them their due, there are some well-crafted rooftop chases, cars zooming in the fast lane and copters looming large on skyscrapers.

John is a cop, a master at piecing together shreds of evidence. Yet his efforts aren't enough to blend the bunch of action sequences which have been haphazardly woven into a loose plot, in a bid to thrill. In his trademark cargoes, tee and black boots, John can sleepwalk through the role. He's done it several times before and, in selected frames, he looks to have sauntered in from his earlier film, 'Dishoom'. But then this is what he does best. Actually, this is the only thing he does. He uses his jacket as a lasso. He even has an elaborate fight sequence just as he steps out of the shower. Wrapped in a white towel, there is no 'Saawariya' moment while beating the baddies to pulp. After 'Akira', Sonakshi yet again tries pretty hard to get into gun-toting mode as a RAW agent. The two are on a mission to save Bharat from the enemies. RAW agents have found commonplace in several Bollywood flicks ('Agent Vinod', 'Ek Tha Tiger' (2012)) in the last few years, here's one more addition. Being a RAW agent means taking off to foreign shores which in this case is Budapest to take on the baddie, played by 'Mardaani' (2014) actor Tahir Raj Bhasin. He loves to play the harmonica amidst the mayhem. He shows sparks, but it's a pity that he might get typecast.

Adrenaline junkies might fancy the film, despite the bizarre juxtaposition of the 'Mr India' (1987) chartbuster, 'Kaate Nahi Katte', in a Budapest nightclub. Strangely, the scantily-clad local girls can mouth the Hindi song and gyrate to it, but the next moment the lead dancer can only talk in their language. Don't try to fathom it or the plot, just enjoy the Budapest scenery instead.

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