Force 2 has received ‘better than expected’ reviews. Action films don’t usually get 3 to 4 star rating, which Force 2 has got from a few critics. The movie has opened poorly at multiplexes on Friday morning, mass centres are better.
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Force 2 Review by Indicine
Abhinay Deo has clearly been inspired by western action thrillers in the way he has written and shot the film, but he has added a Desi patriotic touch to the movie which makes it more identifiable. Force 2 moves along briskly for the most part devouring through its story and is largely an entertaining sequel which betters the original film in many ways. The second half gets a bit jarring with all the action but the interaction scenes between the protagonists and the main antagonist makes up for the shortcomings. Force 2 has been very well shot and looks like a much bigger film than its budget will suggest. The action choreography of the movie which has been shot mostly in Eastern Europe, is breathtaking and very stylish. The cinematography technique employed in the climax which reminded us of Hardocre Henry was a cool idea. The production design and costume design suit the nature of the movie. The background score is decent too.
Force 2 Review by Bollywood Hungama
While FORCE was directed by Nishikanth Kamath, FORCE 2 sees Abhinay Deo taking the director’s seat. After debuting with DELHI BELLY and then directing GAME and TV series 24, Abhinay Deo is definitely no newcomer to thrillers. Besides doing full justice in carrying the legacy of FORCE, Abhinay Deo also infuses his own uniqueness in FORCE 2. The film’s first half sets up the ‘pace’ of the film with its giant share of adrenaline rush from the first frame itself, which stays till the interval. The film’s second half, on the other hand, dips a bit. But overall the film is quiet fast paced and doesn’t let a dull moment seep in. Abhinay Deo has done a great job as a director in FORCE 2 and has managed to keep the film crisp and tight at the length spanning around 2 hours without wasting any screen time. Even though FORCE 2 is a visual delight as the whole, do not miss John’s introduction scene, the chase sequence during the film’s first half, the interval point and the unexpected suspense (which comes as a bolt from the blue) which changes the course of the film totally.
Force 2 Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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.
Force 2 Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
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.
Force 2 Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The thing that works in Force 2’s favour is pacing. In spite of a familiar story, the action sequences are timed perfectly and executed stylishly; there are no songs except for a recreation of Kaante Nahi Kat-te, which moves the story along. Most of the climax sequence is shot like a first-person shooter game which is a refreshing experiment. But the experiments stop there. ‘Force 2’ story is excruciatingly generic. A mastermind has an ulterior motive behind betraying his nation; the heroes must then strike a balance between morality and vengeance.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on Bollywood Life
There’s not much to not like about the film, except for Sonakshi’s character. Being a RAW agent she was very clumsy, the one who can’t shoot and was mere prop in many scenes. Also as mentioned earlier Tahir is life of the film but he should watch out for the roles he select next as he might get typecast in the similar roles. There are many cliches in the film but they are passable. This film is a must watch for all the film lovers. It is one of the few Indian espionage thrillers on the India China relationship and it isn’t too preachy. Go for this one and you’ll be hooked for sure till the end.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Abhinay Deo’s screenplay wins in the way it is paced. The first half of Force 2 is crisp, taut, just like you expect a thriller to be. There is no stupid waste-of-time song and dance. There is so much happening on the screen that you don’t have the liberty or space to breathe. There are a few of those edge-of-the-seat moments, mostly announced by a blaring background score and Force 2 doesn’t score much on that front.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
This is a tale, directed by Abhinay Deo, that gives you a peek into the murky world of Indian spies on foreign soil. It goes to show how RAW (Research And Analysis) agents are the unsung heroes who get a raw deal in life and also, in death — they are branded traitors if caught. While Sinha isn’t merely a decorative piece, it’s Abraham who takes the lead at every step. She is his boss, but he is always in command and that is grating. Her tears when there’s a setback in their mission is annoying, but that can be forgiven because the film moves at a breakneck speed.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Thanks to the fast-paced narrative, Force 2 gives the audience little space to draw away from the hurly-burly, survey the action from a distance and spot holes in the construct. There are several, of course, but because of the power of the action scenes, the film works, if only at a very basic level. It’s the sheer predictability of this narrative form that drags Force 2 down a few notches. Be that as it may, it is an entertainer that passes muster. And if you are a John Abraham fan, there can be no reason whatever to give Force 2 a miss.
Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
Force 2 has some great action sequences but in the second half they get exhausting. The chase scenes and John’s punches feel too forced and rehearsed. Also Sonakshi’s character seems to have a backstory that we never get to hear. The club song is jarring and unnecessary in such a tight narrative. Also the fight leading to the climax is sort of cringe worthy and too over the top. There’s a RPG game inspired action sequence that’s borrowed from Hardcore Henry and another one where John smashes doors through multiple rooms has a Hulk hangover. Next time more original stuff please? Force 2 is a great watch mainly because it stays true to its genre and provides ample adrenaline rush. John Abraham is in top form and the film has some of the best action sequences shot this year. Force 2 has loads of bang worth your buck.
Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
Deo’s forte are thrillers, John spells action. The two have had a field day along with the action unit and the cinematographer. To give them their due, there are some well-crafted rooftop chases, cars zooming in the fast lane and copters looming large on skyscrapers.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Enough to overlook John Abraham’s deadpan uproar at his colleague’s death and humourless collaboration with Sonakshi Sinha as the damsel-in-distress in RAW agent’s clothing — Deo hints at a backstory but never dwells into details. It’s disappointing to witness her ‘I am leading the mission’ confidence brought down to a compliant underling. Despite the lack of faith shown in her, the feisty actress imbues the scenes with more credibility than Abraham’s popping veins and Mercedes lifting. Just when things should take off, they spiral downwards as Force 2 loses steam over hastily established grievances, vendetta schemes and quick fix conclusions. There’s a noticeable drop in the action too marked by cacophonous thayn thayn and jerky camera moves. At the end of its 127 minutes run amidst relentless gunshots and car crashes, charm (on Force 2’s end) and clemency (on mine) has run its course. What prevails is more phew than force.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
John Abraham has an impressive screen presence, but his surly snarl is the same as was seen in Dishoom and Rocky Handsome and the beefcake fails to make the character memorable, though he rocks when it comes to his intimidating stare and fisticuffs. On her part, Sonakshi tried to put in her best efforts, but her character is so poorly written that KK actually comes across as a bumbling moron, who can’t seem to accomplish simple tasks like apprehending a suspect even at gunpoint. Even KK’S backstory and the reason why she cannot pull the trigger when required to do so is quite weak (how is a RAW agent on active duty despite a psychological issue which prevents her from shooting when necessary, is anybody’s guess). Tahir Raj Bhasin is not so physically formidable as compared to the prequel’s villain Vidyut Jammwal and though he tries his best to be menacing, his character will remind you of his ‘Mardaani’ role (there are also a couple of scenes in which Tahir taunts John’s character on the phone, much like he had done with Rani Mukerji in Mardaani).
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
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.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Acting wise John Abraham has the ‘jism’ (body) and the ‘josh’ (passion) to be an action hero, but ironically he losses ‘hosh’ (good sense) in his own productions – ROCKY HANDSOME and this one. Sonakshi Sinha is wasted completely and it is disappointing to watch her reduced to minimum after an action packed make over in AKIRA. Tahir Raj Bhasin’s villainy struggles to find the ‘cool’ quotient which one appreciated in MARDANI. So is there anything good. Yeah it’s shot well and a couple of action scenes are worth a clap but that is all. When you spoil a good movie by doing a bad sequel then the crime gets doubled, but FORCE 2 is in an altogether different zone, I questioned the logic behind the remake of the lousy HIMMATWALA and now I need a spy to understand what was so great about FORCE that we had a forced FORCE 2 as a sequel.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The problem lies not with the paint by numbers thriller where the good guys are chasing the baddie. The problem lies with giving the villain too much screen time. Where is the good old fashioned duct-tape when you need one? The taunting, the baiting by the villain just did not work and though the surprises are many, you just want to fast forward to the next set piece. The parkour and the video game style killing of the villain’s goons goes on and on, but the end makes it worthwhile. You want to ask how the villain affords these henchmen, and you groan at his never-ending emotional response to everything. It’s an overdose. You want an unrepentant Gabbar Singh like villain, who does not need a sad, pathetic history to be a bad guy.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Technically the film is mounted with excellent production values. The lone song snuggly fits into the narrative. The chases and the action sequences are well-choreographed and they tend to be stretched at times. The climactic sequence with visuals captured by hand-held cameras and layered with loud background score gummed together in snappy edits, is an eye sore. Overall, Force 2 offers nothing that you have not seen before, yet entertains you. It is an ideal watch for John and Sonakshi fans.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Force 2 is not a great one for spreading the message of peace. It would rather do its job of giving us stunts that keep us riveted to our seats. But it does bring up the issue of a very disturbing political tragedy whereby those who are caught spying are disowned by their own country. It’s a chilling thought on betrayal and loss, not quite the mood that this upbeat fiery and feisty actioner wants to dwell on. But it really can’t really help acquiring a conscience while taking a well-aimed shot at giving Hollywood stunts films a run for their money.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Tahir Raj Bhasin stands out with his evil act till the last frame of the film. The film starts off so well till the interval but disappoints in the second half completely. John Abraham knows his way about action movies so well that he sails through the entire film flawlessly. Sonakshi Sinha, too, is noticeable in her stunts as a rigid RAW agent. Boman Irani, Adil Hussain and Narendra Jha are good as well in their cameos. Genelia D’souza has a special appearance in the film and just lights up the screen even if just for a few seconds. Overall the film will appeal to those who love to see action and want to see John Abraham doing it. And yes, he is even bulkier this time around.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
John Abraham, who doesn’t once smile in the film, lest one forget that his character hasn’t gotten over his wife’s death, efficiently delivers the kicks and punches, and some cold hard stares. There are moments that suggest he’s in on the joke – like the fight he pulls off, dressed only in a towel – but it’s a shame he’s willing to settle for such mediocre material. Continuing what she started in Akira, Sonakshi Sinha takes another stab at action, but she’s weighed down by an underwritten role as the least convincing operative since Katrina Kaif in Ek Tha Tiger. It’s Tahir Bhasin, not surprisingly, who walks away with some of the best moments in the film, but this talented young actor would do well to seek out parts that require him to stretch his range. Force 2 isn’t unwatchable, and it won’t give you a migraine either. But it is a wildly inconsistent film that fills up the gaps between its many action sequences with ridiculous attempts at humor and drama.
Force 2 Review by Indiaglitz
Director Abhinay Deo focuses more on the action and forgets to narrate a dramatic tale required for such thriller. The soul of the film goes totally missing in the second half. Also, the raw and intensity of ‘Force’ is nowhere to be seen in its sequel. Sonakshi Sinha tries hard to look stylishly cool, but fails miserable. Tahir Raj Basan starts off brilliantly, but slides downward as the movie progresses due to repetitive scenes and weak characterization. Narendra Jha is wasted. ‘Force 2’ has some power-packed action and some power-less emotional scenes due to which the movie ends up being only a one time watch.
Review by meeta on Wogma
John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Raj Bhasin aren’t really required to have too many expressions – they grimace, stay confused and smirk respectively. For an action film, Force 2 doesn’t have any thrill. It is rather plain despite the pounding background score and snappy editing that goes with the genre. Or maybe it is a plain thriller because it has the usual things you expect from the genre.
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