Movie Review: Force

This one is not for the faint-hearted. It leaves a bloody trail throughout and has an ending unlike the typical Bollywood flick. There’s Force and more force. Yes, it’s very forceful. It begins with John Abraham forcefully pumping to pulp a few baddies when a consignment deal goes wrong. He tries in vain to get rid of his ‘stuff’ but finds no dealer. It later turns out that he is a Narcotics officer in search of drug peddlers and suppliers.

John is ACP Yashvardhan. And he is not alone. He has in his team four crack officers. They stumble on an informer who helps them annihilate the big boys as well as clean the city of any ‘substance’. However, there’s a new ‘Boss’ on the scene and he is making merry with no competition in sight and demand for drugs at an all-time high. So who is this guy? Let’s welcome Vishnu, played by newcomer Vidyut Jamwal. You could safely say terror has a new name in Bollywood.

His performance leaves you zapped. Never has a villain been portrayed so fearless, so evil and so high on raw exuberance. This guy is deadly. He leaves a chill down your spine with his flawless performance as someone out to wipe the Narcotics team. Gabbar, you’ve got competition brother!

The narration is simple and action slick as director Nishikant Kamat gets the basics right. Throughout, he keeps the flow going, only once interjecting it with a song when the action moves to fifth gear. Otherwise he has a grip on the film throughout.

Once Yash and his team wipe out the drug dealers, and Vishnu enters the scene, the narcotics division is perplexed. However, they soon catch up with the new dealer and gun down Anna (Mukesh Rishi), Vishnu’s elder brother in a mall. To avenge his brother’s death, Vishnu engages in a blood bath, wiping out everything and everyone in his trail.

Just when you thought the film belonged to John Abraham, in walks Vidyut to wipe out all competition, literally. He has you gripped with his confident body language and fearless portrayal of a man on a mission.

Genelia D’Souza (Maya) as the chirpy girl, who falls in love with Yash, too, pitches in with a fine performance. Mohnish Bahl, Sandhya Mridul and the two officers who form the crack team also pull in their weight.

Force is handled well. It has a good storyline, some breathtaking action, cozy moments and a grand finale.

If you like to feel the rush of adrenaline, Force is for you.

Rating: 3 / 5

Martin D’Souza

This first appeared on on September 30, 2011

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