War Movie Review: Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff starrer movie is an enjoyable popcorn action entertainer.Modified On: 03 October 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The plot of the film doesn't have anything new to offer. But the action sequences and star presence of the actors make this movie an enjoyable watch.
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff
Director: Siddharth Anand
After watching War one thing is clear that the makers cast both giants of the industry, the male lead Hrithik and Tiger first and then thought about the story of the film. But they used the done and dusted formulaic story of yesteryear Bollywood films and packaged as a Blockbuster film.
In the age of content to be the king and every film being under scrutiny and vulnerable towards staunch criticism, here comes the action-masala flick War. But it still works because of the male leads.
War opens with Kabir (Hrithik Roshan), a rogue agent, killing his own. Through a flashback sequence, it is established how he met Khalid (Tiger Shroff) who went on to join his unit in an intelligence agency. The story takes an interesting turn when Khalid, who has always worshipped Kabir as his mentor, is assigned the task of finding and arresting him. Khalid is also supposed to find out why Kabir went bad and another flashback sequence post-intermission reveals his reasons.
The unique selling point of the movie is obviously Hrithik Roshan. Even the camera always focuses on the actor and his screen presence makes us forget all the plot holes of the film.
Tiger Shroff through having acting limitation makes a mark in this film.
The best aspect of War is that no actor is aiming for one-upmanship, instead, you see them feeding off each other’s energy. There’s a pleasant comic vibe, too, between Hrithik and Tiger and director Siddharth Anand uses it cleverly without it sounding awkward.
Unfortunately, War doesn’t give any scope to its female lead to perform. Vaani Kapoor only appears in the film in its second half, and before you can even understand what her role in the plot is, she disappears. The 20-minute forced cameo, with a song thrown in, doesn’t impress one bit. Vaani’s role seems to be limited to adding glamour to the film. It’s sad that even in today’s day and age, that’s what many filmmakers cast female actors in their film for.
One element of the film which doesn't you at all is its high octane action sequences. War has some of the best-choreographed action sequences which you might not see in Bollywood scenes before.
Shot at exotic international locales like Morocco and Portugal, as well as Delhi and Kerala, the film excels in the action department. War gives a callback to action extravaganzas such as Mission Impossible and Fast & Furious, and Hrithik’s earlier outings Dhoom 2 and Bang Bang.
War credits Vishal Dadlani, Daniel B George (background score) and Shekhar Ravjiani for its music, but it is strictly passable. The background score works when accentuated by the sound of engines reviving but otherwise remains unnoticed. Ghungroo stands out in comparison to Jai Jai Shiv Shankar.
Finally, War is a paisa vasool film for its action sequences, exotic locations and the face-off between a superstar and star in the making.
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