|Attack movie review|
You can't see anything except John Abraham's rippling muscles and beefed-up chest as he's battling it out on screen. And his most recent big-screen appearance, Attack, provides plenty of opportunity to ogle his attractive looks and muscular physique. John is sometimes credited with carrying a film on his shoulders, but in Attack, the actor and debutant filmmaker Lakshya Raj Anand took this a little too seriously, as John, as a "super soldier," is literally the only man out there murdering all the bad guys. At one point, John battles and kills almost a hundred terrorists who had assaulted the city on his own.
Strike tells the tale of Arjun Shergill (John Abraham), a soldier who is killed in a terrorist attack and has chronic paralysis from the neck down, forcing him to live in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Dr. Saba (Rakul Preet Singh) has been working on a future scientific technology that allows a paralysed person to stand on their own two feet, and Arjun has been selected as the appropriate science bunny to test for India's first ever super soldier programme.
All of this is necessary in order to preserve the country from a fugitive terrorist mastermind. Just as Arjun completes the experiment, Parliament is besieged, and he is supposed to rescue the city from a chemical bomb detonation in the nick of time. With all the technology he possesses, can he make the impossible possible?
Lakshya Raj Anand, who co-wrote the narrative with Sumit Batheja and Vishal Kapoor, has worked too hard to make this sci-fi action thriller stand out, and it succeeds in sections while failing in others. With a running time of less than two hours, the picture is well-paced and never drags. It doesn't waste time with unnecessary subplots or song and dance routines, instead focusing on a riveting story and edge-of-your-seat moments.
Attack is clearly separated into two sections - a wheelchair-bound John who is changed into a super soldier - and depicts a soldier's obligation to serve his country using contemporary technology. Thankfully, it avoids the region of chest-thumping nationalism with heavyweight lines, which isn't surprising given John's previous filmography. The action moments are well-crafted and wonderfully photographed, and they're a visual feast. While humour isn't something you'd expect to find in this story, I like how the filmmaker infused it with aspects through certain characters and voices.
In his action hero disguise, John seems quite natural. For obvious reasons, he is at home in this genre. He effortlessly balances vulnerability with strength, and his physical preparation is obvious on screen throughout the movie. I simply thought the transition might have been a bit more authentic. The way his character gains weight and appears fitter than ever after being paralysed for a long time is a bit much to take in. Rakul gives a strong performance and exudes confidence on-screen. Lakshya makes no attempt to flesh out Saba's persona. In a prolonged appearance, Jacqueline adds glitz to the screen, but an abrupt love tale has an equally abrupt ending.