Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Director: Abhinay Deo
What’s Good: Packed with decent action and a cliched but gripping narrative, Force 2 comes as a surprise entertainer.
What’s Bad: Sonakshi Sinha’s act of a RAW Agent is highly unconvincing. A heavily predictable second half disappoints.
Loo Break: If you need one, ‘O Janiya’ song could be a good time.
Watch or Not?: Force 2 is surprisingly easily watchable. The film’s action sequences are shot well and those who love to watch John Abraham in his usual rough and tough avatar, will enjoy it.
The sequel once again brings back the daredevil officer, ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) but this time he has a bigger job to do than just the Mumbai police work.
After a series of killings of RAW agents become rampant in China, an investigation team is set up to nab the traitor who has been exposing the undercover agents.
After losing his best friend in a similar killing, Yash comes across a clue sent by his friend that leads to the criminal.
RAW sends Yash and KK (Sonakshi Sinha) on the mission to capture the traitor and protect their agents.
They soon find a lead to Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin) and are confirmed that he is their target.
A cat and mouse chase further begins between the agents and Sharma.
Will KK and Yash succeed on their mission and save the lives of other RAW agents who are at the risk of getting exposed?
Force 2 Review: Script Analysis
What works for Force 2 the most is the fact that the script is quite on the face. They don’t beat around the bush much in the lieu to make it interesting, it takes off to a gripping start. With a perfect Bollywood hero entry for John Abraham’s character, the film early on, promises that it will balance out on the commercial quotient.
It establishes its basic plot super quick in the first half and that’s not annoying at all because what lies ahead is more interesting to watch than hear in terms of dialogues.
One of the major places where the writers fall short in their vision is building up KK’s (Sonakshi) character well. It is unconvincing to see her grapple with personal issues at work and still be termed to be an efficient RAW agent. It is a shame to see that her sources too turn hostile when needed the most, which means she is a failed agent. Why would a failed agent be sent to save the lives of other agents? It would’ve been a breath of fresh air if she as per her dialogue would have genuinely led the mission than follow a Mumbai cop and his brash techniques.
Another buzzkill in this entire film is the criminal’s motives. Laden with cliches, the second half suddenly turns into a forced emotional saga. Tahir’s character talks menacingly but his background is too sacred. He does getaway with the best dialogues from the films. Tahir’s character is written to be cheeky and chatty and that works.
Force 2 Review: Star Performance
John Abraham saying ‘Paanch saal pehle meri biwi marr gayi thi, tab se satak gaya hoon’ and then breaking off heads and muscles of brawny men bare chested is pretty much a hot start to the film. The actor sticks to his usual demeanor of being brash and mono toned in expressions all through the film. Although, I would any day prefer to see John in such a role than his comic or romantic acts, so he’s good enough here.
Sonakshi Sinha doesn’t contribute much in this film. I don’t know if it’s her fault or the badly written character that engage us to point zero in her. She gets to throw a few kicks here and there but not much of action.
Tahir Raj Bhasin is seen as the lead antagonist. Don’t go by his cutesy face, that pretty face has some menacing dialogues to say. Unfortunately, his act has a heavy similarity to that of his debut film, Mardaani’s character. He does successfully annoy you with his jabbering mouth as Shiv Sharma and that’s a win for him.
Amongst the supporting cast, Narendra Jha does a decent job.
Force 2 Review: Direction, Music
Director Abhinay Deo deals cleverly with a film like Force 2. At first, he makes a good use of nostalgia as he connects the prequel, further he takes the story international and makes it the eye candy that was missing in the first one. Later, he builds up a great pace and keeps the run time tight, so as to not bore the audience out unlike Shivaay. Combining all these, Deo makes sure that in spite of all its cliches and loopholes, the film is watchable.
The chase sequences are shot brilliantly, particularly the ones in the first half. There is a heavy influence of international films such as Bourne Identity in terms of the action.
Many may call his attempt at capturing the ‘Hardcore Henry’ inspired action sequence, where it looks like you’re a part of game, a lame copy but I’d say it’s a healthy inspiration.
Deo who has helmed the popular series 24 impressively, proves with this film that he has potential for more and the right script can really make him soar further.
Budapest is captured beautifully and in this film I feel the location contributed immensely in making the action look slick.
Thankfully, Deo stays away from songs and the only irritating but luckily short number in the film is ‘O Jaaniya’.
Force 2 Review: The Last Word
Force 2 is a Bollywood action entertainer. Don’t go with high hopes and you’ll surprise yourself. I am going with a 3!
Force 2 Trailer
Force 2 releases on 18th Nov, 2016.
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