The words ‘Action Abraham’ on wallpapers, John Abraham’s all new typical hero look, the inspiration from Tamil hit Kaakha Kaakha, and of course the awesome reviews and tweets I have gone through, have made me regret for not being able to watch Force on the release day. Was Force, a Nishikant Kamat’s directorial, worth my three day long wait?
The plot: ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham), is a dutiful yet ruthless cop, who prefers elimination of criminals over handling them legally. Yash, along with his three associates deal with the drug mafia and wipes out major drug dealers in the country. The otherwise unemotional Yash, finally falls for a bubbly NGO organizer, Maya (Genelia). Then you have this baddie Vishnu (Amazingly played by Vidyut Jamwal), who aims to gain control over the drug mafia and has a deep vengeance against Yash and his associates who have killed his brother (Mukesh Rishi). What follows is the chase and action between the Yash, his team and Vishnu.
The good: Most of the remakes we had in the recent past have either blindly followed the original one, or have made some miserable changes. Having watched Gharshana, the Telugu version of Force, numerous times, I have the storyline, screenplay and most of the frames of the movie in my mind. So, I obviously was expecting a particular thing to happen at a certain moment, and Force, fortunately failed me here. The director has managed to mold the concept in a different way and has made it a little unpredictable, though the crux remained the same.
The bad guy in this movie causes an equal loss to the nice people, unlike other Bollywood movies. He had the scope to terrify our hero and was not restricted to get killed by the hero.
We don’t have an exclusive comedy track, but the witty dialogues used here and there will put you in laughs. The Music was reasonably good, but not great. For me, Vidyut is the star of the movie who has delivered a decent and a meaningful performance. He expressed it all with his eyes and was an apt choice for the character of a vengefully impatient Vishnu.
The not so good: The director has aimed to make an action movie, which was not racy enough to keep the audience engaged or excited. There were some intriguing and anxious moments in the original version, for which Nishikant has given a miss. His direction lacked that force which is required for this kind of script. And the movie was neither appreciable in other technical aspects like background score, and cinematography. Even the editing was okay.
John looked every bit a powerful and a responsible cop, but his performance couldn’t compliment his appearance. John’s character is called a sookha ped (A dry tree) in the movie, but it was Genelia who actually looked so dry and pale, and her oh so artificial facial expressions and body language only added to the woes.
The chemistry between John and Genelia was not appealing, and both were awful when it comes to delivering an emotional performance.
Others: Mohnish Bahl and Mukesh Rishi were appropriate, but it was Sandhya Mridul who was simply superb. Raj Babbar was there just for the sake of it.
With this forceful and knock down script, Force could have been more intense and engaging. You can watch it on a lazy evening when there is a heavy pour and electricity crisis, just like I did. I will go with a two and half out of five for this strong script, poor direction and pitiful performances.