Force 2 movie review: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha film is overlong and overstretched

Force 2 movie review: Neither John Abraham's hot bod nor Tahir Raj Bhasin's interesting portrayal of the villain can force this film out of the 'obvious' territory. The long car chases will tire you out too.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 8:32 am
Force 2 movie review, Force 2 review, Force 2, Force 2 movie, John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha Force 2 movie review: John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha film force us in the been there-seen that territory. At the end, it just feels like a Bond-Bourne rehash you have seen so many times.

Force 2 cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Adil Hussain, Narendra Jha
Force 2 director: Abhinay Deo

In this sequel to the 2011 ‘Force’, ACP Yashvardhan returns in a faster, more thrilling actioner, set mostly in grand, scenic Budapest, which has been used as a hotbed of espionage in several flicks. Scratch that. ‘Force 2’ aims for all of those things, and by rights, should have been all of those things, but ends up feeling overlong and stretched, and more than anything else, overfamiliar.

That’s the problem when you try doing a Bond-Bourne combo full of bristling cops and smart spies and twisted villains, and sexy Mata Hari types, but you end up papering over the thrills and spills by Bollywood-style swelling background music, and a female lead in a complicated relationship with her gun.

In the first one, Yashvardhan (John Abraham) was a battering ram, all flint-eyed and stone-hearted after the death of his pretty wife. Five years later, the cop is given a good-looking RAW agent KK aka Kamaljit Kaur (Sonakshi Sinha), who is strictly business, attired in collared shirts and holstered guns and a raised eyebrow. But underneath all the confident bluster, there’s just a silly little girl.

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In Hollywood, KK would have been allowed to kick serious butt. But because this is Bollywood, the female RAW agent is made into a creature who quivers and squeals and says, “Yash, don’t do that”. That’s her job description, and it’s already old by the time the first time she uses it.

That apart, the briskness with which you should come at car chases and rooftop races, is missing. They go on for far too long: both Bond and Bourne and their copies have been in existence for too long, we see their repeats on TV all the time. So what are you giving us that’s new?

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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.

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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 stray far too much in the been there-seen that territory.

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    Jay
    Nov 18, 2016 at 8:55 am
    Subhra guptaji plzzz take retirement
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      Prem
      Nov 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm
      A word of advice for Sonakshi, do not do movie like this where is Hero, what you did in last movie was awesome. it. was mediocre story line.Capitalise on the mood of woman celebration.it was funny to show RWA agent reluctant to shoot.
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        Amrish Pandey
        Nov 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm
        Very weak plot and story is very very predictable. RAW is the main subject feature of movie, however; film does not perform as RAW people perform for the nation.
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          anis
          Nov 18, 2016 at 11:21 am
          fast action ...good movie ..salute for those Indian fight for country but our leader not understand his contribution......
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            Ankit Jain
            Nov 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm
            Checkout Force 2 on imdb : to see how indianexpress sucks at reviewing and has no idea what they are talking about.lt;br/gt;Force 2 is absolute delight for action movie lovers and everyone has done a great job!
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              Atharva
              Dec 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm
              Force 2 is a very nice film. stop giving negative reviews about a wonderful film.
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                Hell Man
                Nov 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                IMDB has given 7.5 ... John had supported Modi on demonetization and some dialogue in movie in favor of surgical strike on Pak . So some media house intentionally gives low rating ... U can understand why ....?
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                  Hell Man
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 11:46 am
                  IBDB has given 7.5 ... John had supported Modi on demonetization and some dialogue in favor of surgical strike on Pak . Sosome media house intentionally gives low rating ... U can understand why ....?
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