x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Force

John Abaraham stars in this action movie.

John Abraham stars in Force.
John Abraham stars in Force.

Director: Nishikant Kamat
Starring: John Abraham, Genelia D'Souza and Vidyut Jamwal
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Abraham may have biceps that look like they came straight out of a comic book, but they sure don't come in handy when he's needed to put away his torso and play a romantic lead.

Force is supposedly a double entendre title, playing on the fact that Abraham uses force to get his victims to talk and that he works on the police force in an elite narcotics division. Yet the title also has an unintended third meaning - that which sees Abraham forced out of his comfort zone every time the action is switched (thankfully) out of montage-sequence hell and he has to come to terms with the fact that he wants to marry Maya (D'Souza), a girl he meets in an elevator.

It is, unfortunately however, a scene that screams "we desperately want to be Out of Sight but don't have the actors to pull it off". You can see his acting is forced and when he tells Maya he doesn't like "dance and drama" you feel it could be a comment on his own acting limitations. Strangely, the film picks up in the second half, when the karate man and drug kingpin Vishnu (Jamwal) reveals his masterplan to take over the Indian drug scene.

Some surprises at the death stop this film from being a complete dud.