Banner: Sunshine Pictures, JA Entertainment, Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Producers: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, JA Entertainment, Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Director: Abhinay Deo
Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Narendra Jha
Writer: Parveez Shaikh, Jasmeet K Reen
Music: Amaal Mallik, Gourov Roshin
The only way to justify a sequel in today’s times is to make the second part bigger and better, and that’s exactly what the team of Force 2 has done with the action and scale of production in this sequel to the 2011 film, Force.
Technically, the film has brilliantly executed action, credible acting by the cast, swift screenplay, and wraps in 127 minutes. Although post-interval, the pace drops, it doesn’t really take away from the entertainment quotient. The only spoiler is the item number, which is completely unnecessary. It also makes the pace lag a little. But the climax fight sequence compensates adequately!
For an action film, Force 2 is a delight to watch on the silver screen. And the cinematography earns brownie points. Here, we have a hero who lets his action speak louder than words, and, to complement him, a villain who is as cool as ice and lets his cunning ways do all the talking. When they collide, it’s a flick to enjoy.
Here’s the story: Five years after Mumbai ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) lost his wife (Genelia D’Souza), he is still a no-nonsense cop. Meanwhile, killings of RAW agents becomes rampant in China and an investigation team is set up to nab the traitor who has been exposing these 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. The clue states that the killings were an inside job done by an Indian embassy employee in Budapest.
RAW sends Yash and RAW agent KK (Sonakshi Sinha) on a mission to capture the traitor and protect their agents. They soon find a lead to Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin), who is indeed the culprit. How the duo captures him forms the crux of the story.
Directorially, Abinay Deo promises execution with finesse but post-interval, a few scenes make the narrative jar, especially the song and the sequence where KK tellsl Yashvardhan why she is unable to shoot. But from picturesque locations, to flamboyant characters to chic action, Force 2 has it all. The last one basic rule of an action flick is to have an action hero and a villain. However, the film’s antagonist’s reason for his actions makes him less villainous and even makes you empathise with him, which works against the narrative.
But from the first frame itself, you fall for the movie, hook, line and sinker. The first half moves very quickly but, post-interval, the pace suddenly drops but picks up as the follow-up scenes progresses. Though the story is far from unique, what works is the execution of the screenplay. One scene blends perfectly with the next and the momentum builds rapidly.
Deo along with his writers are clear that this is not a love story and hence keep the partnership between the duo strictly businesslike. Many scenes stand out in the movie, like the chase and the action and the climax action sequence which looks like a videogame sequence. The movie kicks off with a bang, and flows swiftly till the interval. But, as mentioned earlier, post-interval the film does loses its pace. Everything after that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Editing by Amitabh Shukla is top notch. He smartly steers the film on a steady course. Cinematography by Mohan Krishna and Imre Juhasz is another asset. The camera work is almost impeccable. Of course, it’s the action sequences that steal the show. The film not only has raw action but an impressive storyline to complement it. Background score lifts the screenplay and injects zest into each scene. Costumes are apt.
Performance-wise, John Abraham is definitely in his zone. He is his confident self and portrays his character with earnestness. Sonakshi Sinha’s conviction and confidence is apparent in her portrayal of her character. She holds her ground right from the first frame to the very last. Tahir Raj Bhasin plays his part with flamboyance. His characterisation of his role is perfectly projected on screen. Genelia D’Souza and Raj Babbar in their special appearances are notable. Narendra Jha is good in his part. The rest of the cast supports well.
Verdict: A treat for action flick lovers.