What spills over from the first instalment of Force is that John Abraham, playing Mumbai cop Yashwardhan, is
still grieving the death of his wife. The wounds haven’t healed, they’ve only
made increased his physical endurance. Add to it the murder of Harish, a close
buddy from RAW, and the action man is ready to explode. Yash’s intensely
poker-faced entry when he’s hit with a plank and a nail gets stuck in his skin,
establishes what he’s all about and also, what’s in store.
Director Abhinay Deo and his team of action masters don’t let you down
on that score as slickly executed fights keep coming your way.
Determined to avenge the death of his friend, the highest authorities in
the agency allow the Mumbai cop to join forces with the RAW team in
There’s a new punch delivered to old chauvinism when Yash reports to KK.
Yup, it’s tough, young Sonakshi Sinha. A strong hero reporting to a woman
superior evokes a few funny lines and KK proves she’s no wilting willow. She
can match any man’s muscle power but oh dear, she freezes when she has to fire a
The cat-and-mouse chase to find the traitor on the Indian side leads
them to a mouth organ-playing villain called Shiv, played by Tahir Bhasin of Mardaani fame.
The assassination of the villain at interval point makes for an
interesting twist, enough to bring you back to your seat with popcorn in hand. The
unexplored virgin locations also make it visually splendid for which cinematographer
Mohanan may take a bow.
However, though the fights are slick and stylish through alleys,
corridors, sky roofs and awnings, they do seem never-ending. The climax which
explains why Shiv turned against his own country is also a bit of a letdown.
Abhinay Deo focusses so single-mindedly on the action that everything
else takes a backseat. There’s a vague suggestion of chemistry between Yash and
KK but the action doesn’t veer off into romance. There are also quite a few
scenes where Hungarians or the Chinese talk in their own language and the Hindi
sub-titles flash by too fast for the audience to catch on to what’s being said.
John Abraham with his taut physique has what it takes to make women
drool. Pretty Genelia D’souza is lovely in a fleeting flashback. Sonakshi Sinha
provides the perfect foil and is in great shape for an action role. Tahir
Bhasin is menacing but doesn’t have the powerful image required for someone who
could set up and pull off such a vast espionage network.
For a film that falls short at the
emotional level and remains a pure action fare, Force 2 gets a 2.5* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author