‘Force 2’ movie review: An honest watch with a massive reality check

Directed By: Abhinay Deo
Produced By: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Viacom Motion Pictures, John Abraham
Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

Of late, Bollywood hasn’t had a pleasing performance with sequels of hit films. So, we were pretty curious to see how ‘Force 2’, sequel to the 2011 action drama ‘Force’, turns out. To begin with, it won’t disappoint you. Read the ‘Force 2‘ movie review.

The film kickstarts as three RAW agents functioning in China are killed due to reasons unknown. While everyone fails to make out who the mastermind behind such operations is, and lives of remaining RAW agents in China are in threat, one of the agents, just before death, manages to leave some hints to his childhood friend  ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham), a police officer. Yashvardhan along with Kamaljeet Kaur (Sonakshi Sinha), a functioning RAW official, set out on a mission to Budapest to catch the culprit. As they reach, they encounter Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin); the man behind all the killings. Fearless and sarcastic, Shiv makes no effort to disagree to his crimes, but is not ready to surrender either. But what led him to move against his own country? Will he be finally caught? Will the rest of lives be saved?

We got a glimpse of Sonakshi Sinha’s fit-n-fast moves in ‘Akira’. ‘Force 2’, in comparison to that, doesn’t have her kicking and punching much. However, she is decent in her role. John Abraham will impress you more with his high-octane sequences than with his acting. The man who deserves a special mention here, is Tahir Raj Bhasin. He is dark and delicious. Just like his usual self in ‘Mardaani’, Tahir has done justice to his calm, fearless character. A young soul unable to fathom the bitterness thrown by life, his character is the one that’s going to stay on your mind for the longest time. Oh, there’s a surprise too! Boman Irani, in a guest appearance of a few minutes, completely changes how the story unfolds.

The film is decently paced and nicely tied together. The amount of research done is visible and the story manages to create the desired thrills. Imre Juhasz and Mohana Krishna’s cinematography is neat. Just the background music could be less in frequency and more impactful. The action sequences have sometimes gone overboard too.

However, it is deeper than just a story on people who put our country ahead of their lives. Like every true story leaves its own footprint, the film will leave you questioning the very existence and norms of the system; the system that we trust and the system that we have been feeding all this while. Do we even live in a society loyal enough, that will allow us to grow the nationalists in us? Over years and ages, how has the country rewarded the unsung heroes who embraced all the hurt so we can sleep in peace. Doesn’t the real patriotism stand far from glittery show offs, amidst dens of danger, ungratefulness and is made bearable with selfless love? How much of it is even shown to us? In a machinery which identifies ‘anti nationals’ so effortlessly and punishes them, do we even look around and try to find out how the system has failed them? Possibly, no. We continue to live in a bubble of country-pride while the ones deserving the real share of pride are disowned by us and die in silence.

Force 2’ isn’t a piece of cinematic brilliance. It is too larger-than-life at times and attempts to be too loud in effort to be impactful. But it is an honest effort, and has the elements to be a commercially successful film. Leave the little glitches and clichés apart, and we suggest you lend it a watch.

P.S. It was so good to get the super cute Genelia D’Souza back on the big screen, even if for a cameo. We are wanting more of her now!