Force 2 Review
Director Abhinay Deo has done what he is good at. He has made sure that he doesn't disappoint action lovers out there. Without mixing too much of comedy or romantic angle, the director has kept the film true to its genre.
John Abraham as Yashwardhan is all beefed-up. He shines sporadically with his muscle power and he offers his punches more convincingly than his dialogues. Sonakshi Sinha is natural as the agile KK. With no deviation in her character, her on-screen chemistry with Yash is winsome and together, they make a perfect buddy duo who bond over the investigation.
Tahir Raj Bashin is the surprise package, of the film. Understated, and ordinary in his approach, he propels the narrative convincingly, but unfortunately, since we Indians like our antagonist to be larger than life, he disappoints a bit and this is not his fault.
Overall, Force 2 offers nothing that you have not seen before, yet entertains you. It is an ideal watch for John and Sonakshi fans.
From Mission Impossible to The Peacemaker to A good Day To Die Hard, many Hollywood hits have their reflection in Force 2. However, the blending doesn’t work.
Mardaani presented Tahir Raj Bhasin as a talent to look forward to. He has treaded a similar path here, and is in a good form. He stands tall to John Abraham who is film’s biggest attraction. His action hero image is working overtime in Force 2 and he somehow makes the film bearable. Sonakshi Sinha’s underwritten role doesn’t let the director’s feminist take on certain issues blossom.
Force 2 has a noble heart. It wants to get the undercover agents, who selflessly serve the nation, their due. But the narrative hasn’t taken a favourable shape. Sadly, it’s mostly about muscles and very less about intelligence.
Abraham is efficient and does what he needs to. His super toned muscles are used well to get rid of the bad guys, but not even the most impressive bod can rise above a sluggish script.
Tahir Raj Bhasin is the interesting element in ‘Force 2’, and he tries bringing a bit of complexity to the way he plays bad guy Shiv Sharma’s part, but again gets buried in all the obviousness. There’s a tiny sparkle at one point when a leather-clad hottie propositions Yashvardhan: both John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha get us to smile in the way they handle that situation. Now a little more of that—a twinkly awareness that they are treading a well-known path—would have made ‘Force 2’ a much more rewarding watch.
The way it plays out, ‘Force 2’ forces us to stay far too much in the been here-seen that territory.
John Abraham plays the stoic, stone-cold, stone-faced Yash with aplomb. You've got to give it to John as far as action is concerned. For most part of Force 2, he is kicking or punching or shooting guns, and he is impeccable while doing that. Sonakshi infuses both strength and vulnerability into her KK. It is refreshing to see Sinha playing a strong woman character after *years* of playing the gangster's moll.
Tahir Raj Bhasin is the antagonist in this thriller. He does his bit well. There are times his Shiv speaks so much you feel like slapping him shut. However, he doesn't have the menacing quality to him that made Vidyut Jamwal a name to reckon with when Force hit the screens.
At 2 hours 6 minutes, Force 2 doesn't take a toll on your patience. Imre Juhasz and Mohana Krishna's camera captures Budapest in all its glory.
John Abraham seems to be at home in this bone-crushing action film. But in the acting department, he delivers little more than fixed stares, often accompanied by gnashing of teeth. Basically, he's India's Vin Diesel. Albeit, with a little more hair and a little less smug. Sonakshi Sinha, who impressed with her devastating blows in Akira, barely gets to jump into the action. And while her character hopes to shatter stereotypes, when the action gets heated, she's either not around or is shielded by her male partner. Tahir Raj Bhasin is largely bearable but in certain scenes, he goes from acting school reject to blood-smeared SRK from Anjaam.
While director Abhinay Deo sticks to the tropes, the film goes south in its reveal, which barely lives up to the buildup.
If you're in the mood for a no-brainer where a lot of people succumb to bullets or are flattened under vehicles, rent a Jason Statham movie instead.