wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?)
Force is a perfect masala film, which also means, it is perfectly predictable. And yet, Force keeps you engaged. It has everything in the right proportion - romance, action, drama. But it doesn't have that one overwhelming factor which can make me recommend it to you without any reservations. I have to add caveats like, if you are into hard-core action, if you like borderline genuine romance, if you don't mind the two interrupting each other, then watch it for sure.Read more
There is nothing exciting about an action film. For example, from the trailer it looks like none of the action elements will have anything we haven't seen in Hollywood before. Well, Hollywood these days, hardly has anything that we haven't seen in Hollywood before. Besides, the 2.5-minute trailer of Force itself gives away the entire set-up of the film. My estimate is, that covers the first hour of the film or so.
Which means, the action, the romance, the fun will have to make double the effort to engage. My bet is that it won't. Considering the romance and fun bit require good timing and neither John Abraham nor Genelia D'Souza can be appreciated for their acting skills from the films they've done so far. So, unless there's a 180-degree turn hidden there somewhere, there is barely anything to look forward to. The only thing that might make me give Force a fair chance, actor-wise, is the films John Abraham chooses every once in a while. But I have my reservations about this one.
Add to that the list of films produced by Vipul Shah and you have clichéd, typical Bollywood masala written all over the film. Again as proven by the peep we get through the trailer.
Amongst all these negative vibes, there is one small reason to have hope though. Director, Nishikant Kamat's ventures so far. I've heard a lot of good things about Dombivli Fast and I remember having an overall positive feel about Mumbai Meri Jaan. So, in short, there is hope. Meanwhile, the music seems to be just about lukewarm.
Music Reviews:<br /)
Milliblog - "just adequate"
Music Aloud - "7.25/10"
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Happy Sing - "If you’re one for quality music, Go. Buy."
Planet Radiocity - "3/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
If you made a list of things that an ideal action-romance film should have. Force would have checkmarks in all the boxes.
When you consider the overall package, it isn't a film that you HAVE to rush to the theater to. It's a good-looking film which balances the tightrope of narrating a story with simplicity and fulfills its "commercial" obligations. But, it misses out on having that something extra - call it a zing, call it a soul.
As I write these words, to my own eye I come across as a slave-driver who expects the world out of her movies. But, there is something out of place, when I am making a checklist and thinking aloud, "everything is there, then why did it feel so choppy, so functional?"
The generic treatment given to Force is rather clinical. But, there are scenes that work. Some action sequences are grueling enough to make you want them to stop. The romance has a couple of genuine moments, as in you can see why these two are falling in love with each other, the gap that they fill in each other's' lives is clear. The villain is intelligent and not some caricatured, over-stylized "creature". In fact, he is a handsome villain. I don't remember the last time a villain could have passed off as the hero.
Which also means the casting is perfect. And that's not limited to Vidyut Jamwal who plays Vishnu - note the irony - the destroyer of all things good, the villain. John Abraham couldn't have been cast better. He has to play an honest Asst. Commissioner of Police who has no family or friend ties because he wants to focus on his work. So single-minded is he in his work that, he is called sookha jhaad - a dead tree. And if there's anyone in the industry who can play a dead tree, John Abraham is the man! And no, there is no sarcasm here. I say this with utmost sincerity that this was perfect casting. His muscles make him drool-worthy and the grit on his face makes him a great, rigid police officer. Genelia D'Souza passes off as a breath of fresh air that she needs to be in such a sullen environment. But, nothing anyone else couldn't have carried off neither something we haven't seen her do earlier.
That Force is a perfect, typical masala film is both its strength and its weakness. You enjoy it while it lasts, but it doesn't linger on any of your senses. When good people die, you feel bad, but your heart doesn't reach out to them. When evil people die, you are relieved, but you are not that angry at him that you want to see his meat minced. You are engaged in the 2+ hours but you are not involved.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Remakes are in!... full review
Thumbs up, by Payal Khanna , Desi Martini : ... Power Packed!... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita , Desi Martini : ...Forceful and entertaining... full review
Thumbs up, Free Press Journal : ...John Abrahams action skills dominate his performance.... full review
So-So, by Anna M.M.Vetticad , annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Force is a very faithful re-telling of Kaakha Kaakha.... full review
So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...'Force' is good but not great... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Action, Action and more Action... full review
So-So, by Meena Rupani , desi hits : ...Action, action, and more action was in this film... full review
So-So, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Not A Patch On The Original... full review
So-So, by Rony Dcosta , Desi Martini : ...Muscle Pow!... full review
So-So, by Aniruddha Guha , DNA : ...Force lands a solid punch... full review
So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...Lacks a certain something that stops a well made movie from being a must-watch.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ... This is a John Abraham movie all the way... full review
So-So, by Samrat Sharma , Fully Hyderabad : ...For those who missed out on Kaakha Kaakha... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...If you like to feel the rush of adrenaline, FORCE is for you. ... full review
So-So, by Somak Basu, Gomolo.in : ...Force is not such a bad fare, especially not for the hardcore masses.... full review
So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Force has taken a good start. Its action will see it sail through comfortably.... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Force: Action Fiesta... full review
So-So, Movie Talkies : ...Action Abraham, 'Force'ful Punch. ... full review
So-So, Mumbai Mirror : ...Force = content x action... full review
So-So, by Subhash K. Jha, Now Running.com : ...Force - action speaks louder than words ... full review
So-So, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Force: If only muscles could act... full review
So-So, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...A good fare.... full review
So-So, by Rony D'Silva, The Friday Freak : ...Force is an energetic, almost traumatic telling of the life and times of people in the police force... full review
So-So, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...Finally, an unbridled action entertainer that is not a no-brainer!... full review
So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Force is a heady cocktail of high powered action ... full review
So-So, Zee News : ...‘Force’ is a treat for action lovers! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Stefan S , A Nutshell Review : ...A pretty bland effort overall... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...It has no power in its punch.... full review
Thumbs down, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...force doesn’t always work.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Force is about rapid action... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...'Force' has a weak central performance... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai , india today : ...If muscles could speak... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...Force is too long... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Force is boring... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...In need of a 'Forceful' story... full review
Thumbs down, by TheThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...film is not a very happy experience ... full review
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Want to Watch, by we-vibe 4
Yay! Thumbs Up, by bollywood : I think its a good movie
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rachit Gupta : Worth the 45 mile drive! Liked it!!! Some good action and shock, horror better than Salman starers!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Shashi
Yay! Thumbs Up, by wevibe4
So-So, by Anand Balakrishnan : 40
So-So, by Linda
So-So, by Suman
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yash (John Abraham) and his secret teams manages to eradicate all the major gangs that deal in various types of narcotics. What will happen when the new breed of drug-dealers arrive?
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@moviebhakt well, i haven't seen the original, so didn't see any point in mentioning it. I want to watch it though. Too many films, too little time!
@Rachit wow! that's nice. watching force did make me want to check out the original film. will do eventually.
@Anand i won't be surprised!
was actually looking for Saheb Biwi & Gangster review... there seems to be no mention of it in the site...
Its a great review.. well balanced and proper... may end up seeing the movie too..
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The movie look great but still looks like a sequel of Tamil action style but John new Body structure is working for the movie.
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