Attack – Part I

wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?)

quick review:

You are promised an action film; you get an action film. The hint of a story is a bonus. The action is slick, even if a tad monotonous by the end.

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Director: Lakshya Raj Anand
Cast: John Abraham
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Action, Thriller
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I went to the cinema hall!! After two years and half a month! It was like going back to a home that was waiting for me. Enjoyed every second of being there. It helped that the film was one that I could approach with absolutely zero expectations, and I liked what was going on at the moment. Well, most moments.

In our imagination our future companions will have a dry sense of humour rather than a dad one. Great!

Anyone who has landed up in the theater to watch this one is there for the action. And they won’t be disappointed. At least quantity-wise. And in the beginning, quality-wise too. The action choreography is sharp and smart. Usually, the rhythmic beat to which it is edited makes me drowsy. But here, just when it begins to feel like more of the same, there is a camera movement or an action that shook me out of my lull.

Even in the non-action scenes, the editing and transitions between sequences keep you on your toes. This also means you are alert enough to realise that the country’s top military and political officials are watching the countdown of a ticking bomb in the situation room. But the makers have designed it to look like they are watching John Abraham’s antics like you are. Unfortunately, this break from the action to see a room full of decision-makers becomes disorienting.

This brings me to the romance and emotional angle the film has in the name of a story. The romance is as awkward as the action is smart. Calling it out as “cheesy” doesn’t make it any less so. The emotional angle, too, comes across as forced and dry. In fact, this part of the story seems functional rather than creative. The thriller bit with the bomb, on the other hand, is slightly better written.

Also, relatively better written are the lines said by the AI bot. It is good to know that in our imagination our future companions will have a dry sense of humour rather than a dad one. On the technological mumbo-jumbo front, the capabilities shown are scary because they are believable. Other tiny bits in the writing that caught my attention were inclusivity in terms of religious representation, a woman getting a prominent role without making a big deal about it. The snide remarks on current politics were thoroughly enjoyable too. It must have taken great strength of character to limit the climax to simple chants of “Bharat Maata Ki Jai” without going all berserk and dramatic. Also, I didn’t catch the origin of the terrorists. I don’t think it is mentioned at all.

Unfortunately, there is problematic stuff, too, like stereotyping under the garb of entertainment and insight. And also, product placement and lapses in writing from lousy grammar to hyperbole like a new technology taking care of the entire global terrorist community(!!?)

I have always found it tough to comment on performances in an action-thriller. Not much is expected. Not much is necessary. John Abraham’s facial expressions didn’t feel wooden and thus were not distracting. I am not sure I can say the same about his fitness. Other than the action, the film is about him and his character. So yes, the film is an out-an-out John Abraham affair and is complete to the extent of having him ride a bike. The rest of the cast is actually all supporting roles ably executed.

The romance is as awkward as the action is smart.

I did enjoy the film much more than I thought I would. It could be because I haven’t watched action films in a long while. It could be because I haven’t watched a movie in a theatre in even longer. Given that context, I am grateful it was a film I could enjoy.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads!
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A lip-to-lip, or was it? Shirtless John Abraham.
  • Concept: A soldier is called upon to save the day.
  • General Look and Feel: Action thriller :)

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Raj

Dear Meetu is back to the theaters - this means good news for us. We would hopefully get more reviews. It seems John Abraham wrote the story himself. Only thing is that I like his actions, but he is getting too typecasted in similar genre of action movies. Thanks for the honest review.

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