Force 2

Force 2’ is an action thriller directed by Abhinay Deo, starring John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Raj Bhasin in the lead. It is the sequel to the 2011 hit ‘Force’ that featured besides John, Genelia D’Souza and Vidyut Jamwal, and was directed by Nishikanth Kamath. John reprises his role of ACP Yashvardhan in the movie, which deals with the premiere foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW or RAW).  

Three RAW agents are assassinated in China, but the government cannot admit that the deceased were Indian spies and they are disowned, even as the top brass of RAW are in a tizzy about the people and their motive behind the murders. Meanwhile in Mumbai, ACP Yashvardhan aka Yash (John), has become bitter after his wife was killed five years ago, and has got nothing to lose now. He receives a diary in the form of a gift from his childhood friend Harish (Freddy Daruwala), one of the RAW agents killed in China, in which the latter has provided hints of a traitor within the agency who is leaking information about the undercover agents. In order to avenge his friend’s murder, Yash approaches RAW chief Anjan Das (Narendra Jha) and convinces him to get him on board their mission. A reluctant Anjan teams up Yash with agent Kamaljit Kaur aka KK (Sonakshi Sinha) who will be his boss and partner in the mission. The police officer and RAW agent embark on their mission with their different vision, which takes them to Budapest. They locate the traitor to be an employee at the Indian embassy there, named Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin), who leads the duo on a merry chase and a long one at that.

How do Yash and KK manage to protect other undercover agents from being exposed of their identity and getting killed? Do they succeed in their mission? What is the motive behind Shiv Sharma ruining the intelligence agency by getting the agents killed?

‘Force 2’ has nothing that the audience hasn’t seen in other action thrillers, but what works in its favour is its taut script. The screenplay maintains a good pace and there is no beating about the bush and no unnecessary song and dance sequence, only the short ‘O Janiya’, the recreated version of ‘Mr. India’ song ‘Kaate nahi kat te’, that takes place at a Budapest nightclub. There are twists and turns at the most unexpected moments, besides some edge-of-the-seat moments and well-choreographed action scenes, which keeps the audience gripped and glued to the screens. The roof-top chases, cars and bikes zooming in the fast lane and choppers hovering over skyscrapers have been captured very well, so is the Budapest scenery – the entire foreign location. The aerial shots and overall cinematography is superb. There is also subtle humour in the film for comic relief.

However, the film is not devoid of flaws. The film dips towards the second half with some forced emotional scenes. The reason for the antagonist angst and destroying RAW agents sounds silly and is unconvincing. Also, how come a person who, due to a psychological issue, is unable to pull the trigger when needed goes on to become an ‘efficient’ RAW agent and is assigned to lead a mission to save other agents?

As for the performances, John plays his character of the grumpy Yash with aplomb, right from his introductory ‘nail-piercing’ scene. He rocks with his intimidating stare, kicks and blows and sleepwalks through his role, as action is his forte. Sonakshi continues her action mode after ‘Akira’ and she puts in her best efforts, but is limited due to her characterization. Sonakshi and John have also displayed great on-scree chemistry as colleagues. Tahir’s physical appearance may not be formidable as a villain, but he impresses with his menacing stare and cheeky dialogues on the outside, hiding the character’s inner vulnerability. Adil Hussain as a politician and Boman Irani as Shiv Sharma/ Rudra Pratap Singh’s father, also appear in perfunctory roles. Genelia is also seen in the flashbacks from the prequel.

‘Force 2’ is a decent film and a must-watch for lovers of action, thrillers and mystery films, and of course, fans of John Abraham and Sonakshi. The movie is also a visual delight.