Attack: Part 1 (2022) Review!!

Synopsis – Witness the rise of an army soldier as he realizes his destiny and comes to terms to becoming India’s first super soldier created to combat terrorists as he fights his inner demons and outer enemies.

My Take – While he constantly shuffles between genres, there’s no denying that action continues to be John Abraham‘s most comfortable forte, making his latest turn immediately into a welcome affair.

However, right from its first promo, this Lakshya Raj Anand directorial, which he co-wrote with Sumit Batheja and Vishal Kapoor, immediately stood out due to its novel approach (at least by Indian standards) of astutely sliding into the sci-fi genre and for effectively dealing with matters of A.I. and revolutionizing India’s defense systems.

With John Abraham playing the country’s first super solider, the film certainly meets expectations my delivering a terrific amalgamation of futuristic sci-fi elements and slick action, all set against the backdrop of neatly crafted and more importantly, believable VFX. Crisply edited, the film is slick and never loses momentum. And with its gripping narrative and edge-of-the-seat moments, it thankfully never digresses into needless subplots or any previously deemed necessary dance routines.

Sure, the film may seem heavily borrowed from many Hollywood sci-fi actioners and hostage dramas, yet for Hindi film standards, director Lakshya Raj Anand delivers an engaging action thriller which has a ripped John Abraham doing what he always does best, pummeling bad guys to a pulp.

The story follows Arjun Shergill (John Abraham), an Indian army officer, whose life is thrown into peril when he gets injured in a terrorist attack at an airport, which also ended the life of his air-hostess girlfriend, Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez).

A year later, paralyzed from neck down and left in a vegetative state under the care of his mother (Ratna Pathak Shah), Arjun is given a new lease to life by Vadraj Kumar Subramaniam (Prakash Raj), a high-ranking officer of the Indian Government, who recommends his name as a test subject to an A.I. based program developed by Dr. Sabaha Qureshi (Rakul Preet Singh).

A program that not only gets him back on feet but also turns Arjun into a super soldier. So, when Parliament is infiltrated by terrorists and the Prime Minister held hostage, Arjun rises to the occasion to avert total destruction.

Despite being painted with a patriotic tone, the film thankfully never enters the territory of chest-thumping jingoism with heavyweight dialogues, instead director Lakshya Raj Anand focuses on setting up his universe. The film cleverly merges science and nationalism along with high octane action stunts to provide a slick entertainer. Of course, a lot of the plot points require suspense of disbelief but the film works because of its execution.

Being well edited, the film doesn’t waste too much time in coming to the main plot and never delves deeper into any of the characters. But more importantly, he creatively and slickly engages artificial intelligence as a character involved in the story.

Of course, the biggest highlight of the film is the action. Which are brilliantly choreographed by action directors Franz Spilhaus, Amritpal Singh, and Amin Khatib.

Taut and fast-paced, here, the action choreography is closer to the stuff that Hollywood offers and the electric background score (by Shashwat Sachdeva) just makes it more impactful. The cinematography is fluid as the camera judiciously moves from tight close-ups to the long shots.

Yes, the film is not perfect. The romantic track never works, adding zilch to the emotional quotient of the plot when it’s supposed to act as a catalyst for our hero’s character graph later on. And contains a few scenes added for dramatic reasons but they never overshadow the film per se and thus, can be easily overlooked.

Performance wise, John Abraham plays to his strengths. Here, he doesn’t get to shout, lift cars, and squeeze people, yet Abraham stays in control, looking great and putting on a solid show as the first super soldier of India. Jacqueline Fernandez, in a role similar to the one in Bachchhan Paandey (2022), brings enough glam to her extended cameo.

Rakul Preet Singh as always looks drop dead gorgeous and puts up a convincing act. Elham Ehsas as the main antagonist is terrifyingly excellent. In the supporting roles, Prakash Raj, Rajit Kapur, Ratna Pathak Shah and Kiran Kumar admirably lend their talent to the more dramatic portions. On the whole, ‘Attack’ is a slick edge-of-the-seat action thriller that is engaging from start to finish.

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Starring – John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh

Rated – PG15

Run Time – 121 minutes

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