Force 2 is John Abraham's third release of the year after Rocky Handsome and Dishoom. The film, which a sequel to Force (2011), also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Raj Bhasin in pivotal roles. Although Force was not huge hit at the Box Office, the action-thriller was well received on its television outings.
How does the sequel fare? Here's an analysis:
What may work for the film
The makers of Force 2 have an interesting premise in store. The RAW and the Mumbai Police join hands to save undercover agents in China from being assassinated. So far, so good. Director Abhinay Deo establishes the plot from the get-go and the first half rides on breath-taking action sequences, egged on by an exhilarating background score.
Force 2 has heavy-duty dialogues and action sequences in ample measure.
John Abraham hits the jackpot with his role of ACP Yashvardhan - a character who does not get much scope to emote in between all the high-octane action.
Tahir Raj Bhasin adds a certain amount of charm to his character of the antagonist and leaves a mark despite his limited screen presence.
What may not work for the film
The plot of Force 2 lacks the intelligence, crisp pace and originality that is expected of any espionage thriller that is worth its salt. Despite the film's intriguing premise, the cat and mouse battle between the characters becomes repetitive as the plot progresses.
For a film which boasted of having emotional content as its USP, Force 2 fails to establish any emotional connect with its characters. In fact, the poorly-executed emotional sequences are often jarring.
The action sequences lose their sheen in the second-half as the plot gets all twisted up when it attempts to portray the metamorphosis of its characters.
Sonakshi Sinha is forgettable in the role of a poorly-written character of a RAW agent.
The Counter Strike-esque camera work during the climax sequences will leave viewers puzzled over its use, while also distracting them from what the makers intended to be an intense finale.
Will Force 2 do well at the ticket window?
Force enjoys a loyal fan following, which is bound to come out in hordes to help the sequel bag a decent start at the ticket window. While the film is expected to take a severe hit from the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, it is expected to do better than Rock On 2 - which released two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 8 November announcement.
The John Abraham film is bound to open well at the mass circuits. However, the average content will cause the film to record an unsteady run at the window. Force 2 has been made at a budget of approximately Rs 45 crore. The film may be able to break even if all revenue sources - including Theatrical, Music, Satellite and Home Video - are taken into account.
Box Office Prediction for Force 2
- Opening Day (17 November): Rs 6.5 crore
- Opening Weekend (17-19 November): Rs 21 crore
- Lifetime: Rs 40 crore