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wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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As inane as an action film can get. It's fight to have a relevant story is futile because it is nothing more than the usual sequences of chase sequences.

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Movies with a social message either seem like the social message is squeezed into a story that the writers had in mind or the other way around. With Force 2 you can't make out which came first. I wish I could say that it meant the social message flowed seamlessly in and out of the story. Nope, the non-existent story comes about towards the fag end of the film. Till then it is only one chase sequence after another.

If only the chase sequences had anything novel about them. It seemed like we have an action film, we have Budapest with all its beautiful roof-tops, so how can we not have a rooftop chase sequence. With an exception or two, there is no creativity in the other action sequences too.

The thriller story is more or less a non-story. The villains intentions and motivations aren't something that hook us any more, are they? Sure, at least the villain here is two steps ahead of the hero so we are to wonder what he has up his sleeve. But, it never reaches a crescendo where you can't wait to find out or be bothered if you don't.

For all the talk of “why are you surprised to find a woman at the job?” talk, RAW agent KK (Sonakshi Sinha) is always a few steps behind Yash (John Abraham) – both physically and mentally. Sure, it might have more to do with KK being a sidekick and not have anything to do with gender. I guess we can take this as an encouraging trend – the lady's character in an action film is a sidekick rather than the usual pretty prop.

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.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of fist fights, gun shots, etc
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One pole dance and mention of sex
  • Concept: A police officer and a RAW agent trying to find out why the villain has set himself loose to kill RAW agent after RAW agent
  • General Look and Feel: The regular action film do.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 1.5
  • Story: 1
  • Lead Actors: 2.5
  • Character Artists: 2
  • Dialogues: 1
  • Screenplay: 1
  • Music Director:
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Anuj:

While almost the entire reviewer fraternity gives this a 2.5-3/5, [comment partially deleted because it has name-calling] Kapoor fangirl Mrs Kabra as usual sticks to her "nothing better to do" rating for almost every action movie ever produced in Indian cinema (hold your breath, this includes the legendary Baahubali-The Beginning too).

Anuj:

one week on and still no sign of the my comment...admins seem to be sleeping over this page these days!

Sonia:

Was a one time watch. All the action sequence were awesome.

Fan:

It seems that sequels, Hollywood or Bollywood, are mostly a damp squib (Dhoom 2 being one of the few exceptions thanks mainly to Hrithik Roshan). The thumb rule stays honest for Force 2. The original Force, an extremely violent and gory film, was still something that stands out from the ordinary affairs hitting the screens. It was different, the stunts were of a superior quality, the story was entirely identifiable, the villain in the form of Vidhyut Jamwal was topnotch, and the characters were real and likeable.

Force2 has retained only the top rated action sequences from the original version. All the rest is gone, well almost all the rest barring the villain who is not as good as Vidhyut Jamwal but still much better than the rest.

Watching the cat and mouse chase in Force 2 reminded me heavily of the cat and mouse chase in Fan. Similar settings (Eastern Europe), similar issues (bad guy able to infiltrate everywhere and in general be one step ahead of the good guy), the action sequences.

It is an alright watch, for hardcore film fans like me who generally have a budget to watch large number of films in a year. For the more discrete viewer, you can easily skip this film without missing anything important in your life.

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