Review: 'Force' is high voltage action

Saturday, 1 October 2011 - 11:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The best part of the film are its action sequences which are well thought out, however, it has a fairly predictable story line.

Film: Force
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Cast: John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza, Vidyut Jamwal
Rating: ***

The first thing that you notice in this film is John Abraham’s body. You have seen him before playing around on sun-kissed beaches and even baring a part of his butt. But this time, John’s body is different – the muscles seem to weigh double than what you have seen before, as John looking like a commando takes on the mantle of an officer at the Narcotics Control Bureau.

A remake of a South action film Kaakha Kaakha, the film quickly gets into the pace of high voltage maar-dhaad right from the first scene. The story is simple: John is chasing drug cartels and destroying them with the help of a motley group of three officers armed with revolvers.

The best part of the film are its action sequences which are well thought out (may be because the basic groundwork of the film is already done in the original) and it doesn’t slack at all. However, it has a fairly predictable story line.

Normally in most similar films, the action takes such a precedence that there’s no scope left for acting. But here it’s slightly different. Genelia D’ Souza plays the role that she has perfected over the years — the sweet, cute, Preity Zintasque girl next door who madly falls in love. Genelia plays the part as if the role is in her DNA now — she is wide-eyed, always surprised and always in love. One look at her and you feel that the audience will never expect her to play a dark character in any film henceforth.

Now, about the hero of the film. There has been so much written about the fact that John falls short when it comes to depicting finer emotions. But you realise after seeing this film that John has worked very hard in this department. There is a scene where John lets out a shriek after winning the final battle against the villain of the film.

This clearly shows that John has come a long way from his Jism days. The action scenes by him are good though he tends to use his hands more than his legs. This review would be incomplete without a mention of the villain in the film Vidyut. He stands up to John in every scene and his reflexes are truly good.

On the flip side, the special effects could have been much better. In the opening sequence, John’s seen climbing a mountain. You can clearly make out that there has been a shoddy job done on outdated software. This is one department that Nishikant should have worked on.

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