When John Abraham gets into a fight, the only thing you see is him flexing his muscles and puffing out his chest. His new film, Attack, provides unlimited opportunity to swoon over his handsome good looks and sculpted form.
If you’re looking for something that’s both action-packed and smart, Attack is the film for you. Watch it for John’s greatest performance in a long time, and don’t worry too much about the implausible setting.
Lakshya Raj Anand, the actor and rookie director of Attack, took this a touch too seriously, as John, as a ‘super soldier,’ is literally the only one out there, murdering all the bad guys. Over a hundred terrorists have assaulted the city, and John is the only one who can stop them.
A soldier, Arjun Shergill (John Abraham), is left paralyzed from the neck down after a terrorist assault and is forced to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A paralyzed person may stand on their feet thanks to a future scientific technology being developed by Dr. Saba (Rakul Preet Singh), and Arjun has been chosen to be the first test subject for India’s first ever super soldier program.
All of this is being done in order to preserve the nation from a terrorist leader who is on the run. A chemical bomb goes off in Parliament as soon as Arjun completes the experiment, and it’s up to him to rescue the city in time. Is there anything he can’t do with the power he has inside him? In some ways, Attack is a breath of new air for people who have long grumbled about Bollywood’s lack of originality and inventiveness (seen many times in Hollywood by now but still quite a fresh prospect for Bollywood).
And other people may find the whole thing ridiculous and impossible to believe. When Anubhav Sinha’s Ra One came out, many people complained that it was too difficult to digest; don’t be shocked if Attack has the same effect on you. However, this sci-fi action thriller co-written with Sumit Batheja and Vishal Kapoor by director Lakshya Raj Anand is a mixed bag, with portions of it succeeding while others don’t.
The picture clocks in at little under two hours and never falters in its pace. In a thrilling story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, there are no unnecessary subplots or song and dance scenes.
Attack, which depicts a soldier’s obligation to defend his country while using cutting-edge technological technology, is clearly split into two parts: a wheelchair-bound John and a super soldier.
However, it never descends into chest-thumping patriotism with heavy-handed language, which is a welcome change from the rest of John Carney’s filmography. A visual delight, the action moments are well-crafted and wonderfully photographed.
It’s not something you’d expect to find in this tale, but I really like how the filmmaker incorporated a sense of humor into some of the characters and their voices (no spoilers). In his superhero persona, John seems to be completely at ease. For obvious reasons, he excels in this genre. He effortlessly combines vulnerability with power, and his physical preparation is clearly evident on the screen at all times.
However, I thought the changeover seemed a touch too staged. It’s hard to believe that he’s been paralyzed for so long and now he’s gaining weight and looking better than ever. Rakul’s performance is believable and she seems assured in front of the camera. There is no effort made by Lakshya to bring Saba to life.
Although Jacqueline makes a lengthy cameo appearance, the film’s love tale comes to an abrupt conclusion. Is Bachchhan Paandey on your list of things to watch? In Jacqueline’s case, falling in love, dancing to a song, and dying with a bullet’s shot are all part of the process. Despite the talents of Ratna Pathak Shah (Arjun’s mother) and Rajit Kapoor (home minister), they’ve been given nothing to do. There are just a few comedic lines for Rajit to work with.