Attack Cast: John Abraham, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rajit Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kiran Kumar
Attack Director: Hitesh Bhatia
where to look: at the theater
review by: Russell de Silva
The moment the Attack trailer dropped, it certainly lived up to expectations in more ways than one, with a terrific amalgamation of futuristic sci-fi elements and neatly crafted and more importantly believable VFX, plus, obviously , against the backdrop of a daring John was cunning action. Abraham is doing what he always does best – killing the bad guys to a pulp. However, if cinema has taught us anything, this trailer has astronomically raised expectations that the actual film will fizzle out for them. Also, the central character of a Super-Soldier, played by Attack John, will be highly familiar to action junkies raised on Hollywood staple diets as it has been repeatedly seen in films such as the Universal Soldier franchise, Marvel’s Captain America. Got different degrees. And the Avengers Tent-Poles, Bloodshot, Outside the Wire, RoboCop series and so on, etc., making the task of Lakshya Raj Anand’s directorial debut even more difficult.
There’s also a small point that the trio of lead stars are coming out of the critical and commercial duo Madness, Mumbai Saga and the utterly disastrous Satyamev Jayate 2. Whatever is at stake, does Attack prove to be a much-needed comeback for John and help usher in something new for Indian action films? Thankfully, the answer to both of those questions is an emphatic yes, even if the attack itself isn’t without its fair share of attacks (pun intended) on the script.
So, are you excited about what to watch or what to watch this week and wondering if Attack is worth your time? Scroll down for my full Attack movie review…
what’s it about
The attack revolves around Arjun, a special-ops officer of the Indian Army (John abraham), who had the opportunity to metamorphose into the nation’s first super-soldier, with the help of highly advanced AI, after a deadly attack left him physically, psychologically and emotionally vulnerable.
Watch the trailer of Attack below:
What is the latest
Congratulations to the team for trying something unprecedented in the form of Indian cinema, and even more kudos for pulling it off at least in those parts – action, VFX, futuristic techno talk and simplification for the masses. Understand the concept without diluting it for better understanding. The film’s three key features—a bike-chase sequence in which John Abraham can only do what he absolutely knows—a stunt where (spoiler alert) said bike crashes into an oncoming plane, and the technology has taken John’s way. Encapsulated mode to set up a super-soldier, which all sounds believable if it isn’t received in the near future – enough to give you a bang for your money on the big screen as are the leading men themselves who have been so far this far. Can sleep walk through kind of tailor-made roles.
On the other hand, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Rajit Kapoor And Ratna Pathak Shah Lend your talents admirably in the more dramatic parts. Glad to see veteran actor Kiran Kumar After Kalpon in a mainstream Hindi film, in a role that suited her personality. The editing of Arif Shaikh and the camerawork by Will Humphreys, PS Vinod and Soumik Mukherjee also doesn’t work, despite never standing out.
what is not
Although for the most part the action works well and some moments really stand out, it’s also kind of a mixed bag at times, especially in the Parliament scene that constitutes half the climax and the first Bar is in action as John is a super-soldier – both a highly inevitable twist in the narrative that could have been done with more planning and far less sharp, jump cuts. It’s time for action-movie directors in both Bollywood and Hollywood to realize that the key to making action sequences memorable, especially when it comes to attracting neutral audiences, is to keep audiences hooked for long periods of time. Or at least cut. Flow. There’s a reason why old-school action works so well, there’s a reason the Mad Max: Fury Road and John Wick movies work so well amid modern-day action, and a reason why this movie The above bike chase and ultimate stunts are also revealed. Very well.
Of course, this marks writer-director Lakshya Raj Anand’s debut, so I’ll cut him some slack in this department, but it’s hard to cut even John Abraham and his co-writers, Sumit Batheja and Vishal Kapoor. When it comes to dazzling plot-holes, especially those that stick around like a sore throat during the terrorist attacks on an airport and Parliament in Delhi. romantic track between john and Jacqueline Fernandez It’s also insanely cheesy—as the latter inadvertently puts it in one of its lines—and the borderline caricature adds zero to the plot’s emotional quotient when it’s later used as a catalyst for our protagonist’s character graph. should work in Both the songs and the background score are below average. Finally, many dialogues are too artificial and sometimes too rushed to be taken seriously.
Watch Attack to try something really new in the realm of Indian cinema; Its Sleek VFX; its potential future technical elements of its concept; bike chase during the climax, followed by clap-worthy stunts with an airplane; And finally, John Abraham is doing what he set out to do. These parts combined are good enough to survive the rough parts of the film. I’m going with 3 out of 5 stars.
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