There was a spring in my step after watching attack I felt more alive to the world around me. Before you get any blasphemous ideas this wasn’t because the movie was good because it was certainly not. I think it was more because i was relieved just to step out of the theater into normal civilization. Allegedly Hindi cinema’s first super soldier movie attack opens with Major Arjun Shergill who’s played by Jon Abram leading an extraction mission in 2011 of Kalashkar terrorist boss in what looks like Pakistan.
The night time sequence is clearly inspired by Zero Dark 30 and Uri where indian commandos engage in chaotic combat in the thick of night inside a dark bungalow except here in attack the action is so incoherent and blinding the editing is so frantic that i almost got motion sickness without having eaten a morsel of food for hours Arjun then shows empathy towards a young muslim boy an act of secularity but this will naturally come back to haunt him in the future.
Minutes later present day arjun is seen accidentally kissing an aeros Aisha played by Jacqueline Fernandez after he prevents her from tripping on the stairs when he yanks her falling body towards him. Their lips do more than just meat this meat cute continues during his flight followed by a song that signifies a romantic relationship until minutes later a terrorist attack kills Aisha and leaves Arjun paralyzed. Attack then turns into a disability drama where a wheelchair latent Arjun can’t even defend his old mother from an ordinary burglary.
The film then reaches its real motive with the government deciding that Arjuna is the perfect candidate to become the world’s first super soldier an attractive scientist named Sabah who is played by Rakul Preet Singh dispels tech jargon about computer chips bionic power artificial intelligence and a life-threatening surgery. Once the medical formalities which also feature very poor visual effects are completed modern day robocop Arjun finally has an excuse to not just be freakishly powerful but also facially inert of all the ways to humanize a john abraham performance this is perhaps the most inventive I’ve seen yet.
Now don’t get me wrong I like trashy action movies just as much as the next self-serious critic but films like attack are just so fundamentally daft that i don’t even have the mental bandwidth to criticize the bygote politics I can barely process the fact that the supporting cast boasts of fine actors like Rajit Kapoor, Ratna Pataksha and Prakash Raj playing embarrassingly loud roles that they might not remember too fondly. The action is extensive but also very very extensive almost boring in its pension to reduce every location to an explosive mma ring a lot of people threaten a lot of people in this film but the worst of those threats comes when part 2 coming soon flashes in the end credits.
Cast of Attack
- John Abraham as Arjun Shergill, India’s first super soldier
- Jacqueline Fernandez as Ayesha, Arjun’s love interest
- Rakul Preet Singh as Dr. Sabaha Qureshi
- Prakash Raj as Vadraj Kumar Subramaniam
- Ratna Pathak Shah as Shanti Shergill, Arjun’s mother
- Serena Walia as IRA (voice), Arjun’s personal AI assistant
- Elham Ehsas as Hamid Gul
- Rajit Kapur as Home Minister Digvijay Singh
- Kiran Kumar as Indian Army Chief
- Habib Al Aidroos as Rehman Gul
- Mir Mehroos as Young Hamid Gul
- Jaimini Pathak as Negotiator
- Babrak Akbari as Mustafa
- Nimish Desai as Prime Minister
- Ashish Nijhawan as Hussain
- Shahnawaz Bhatt as Saqlain
- Vikas Tomar as Home Minister’s Assistant
- Ranjit Punia as CRPF Officer
- Ranjeet Singh as RAF Officer
- Karan Mehat as Shahid
The Attack movie got mixed positive ratings from the Internet. Over 8.4k people rated this movie 8.1/10 on IMDb, which is a very positive ratings. Rotten Tomatoes rated this movie 50%, which is average for a Bollywood Movie.