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In the opening credits,you’ll find a line which states the film is 'inspired by' the Tamil original 'Kaakha Kaakha'.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
September 30, 2011 5:56:59 pm

Director: Nishikant Kamath

Cast: John Abraham,Genelia D’Souza,Vidyut Jamwal,Mohnish Behl,Mukesh Rishi

Indian Express rating:**

In the opening credits,you’ll find a line which states the film is ‘inspired by’ the Tamil original ‘Kaakha Kaakha’. There’s more than inspiration here; several key scenes and sequences are replicated,and much else is similar. But ‘Force’ doesn’t deliver as much punch,even as it recasts John Abraham as an action hero.

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For those who haven’t seen the original,there is some fleeting enjoyment to be had in ‘Force’. An action flick these days usually sports a hero with sculpted abs,and Abraham is completely solid on that score. As a bonus,the villain (Jamwal) is equally well-muscled and strips well. There are fights and chases and gun battles. The bad guys are the easy-to-hate drug smugglers and peddlers. The good guys are the Narcotics chaps,who believe in old-fashioned vengeance. And the girl (D’Souza) is sweet and virginal but sassy,making the first move,instead of just waiting for it to come to her. But ‘Force’ is not a tour de force it could have been because Abraham doesn’t cut it all the way.

It’s not that action heroes need to be top-notch in the emoting department,but we do need to them to do a little more. As ACP Yashwardhan,the hard-nosed cop who believes a bullet is a more effective deterrant than an arrest,Abraham has his moments,but only just : no comparison with Suriya,the liquid-eyed hero of ‘Kaakha Kaakha’,who was a knock-out in both the soft-and-hard stuff.

Also,for a thriller,’Force’ is too long,and has too many songs which slow it down. On the plus side,there’s the bad guy who’s quite scary,some truly gory blood-letting sequences justifying the action film tag,and a climax with a sting-in-its-tale.

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