Feature Name: WAR
Directed By: Siddharth Anand
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Anupriya Goenka, Soni Razdan
Run Time: 2hrs 34minutes
Review By: Grinell Jacinto
WAR follows Khalid, an Indian soldier who is on assignment to eliminate his mentor Kabir. Kabir. a former soldier has turned rogue and what follows across the globe is a war between them. Khalid and Kabir share a history where Kabir killed Khalid’s gaddar father.
The film is fast-paced and keeps moving from one country to the next in quick successions. India too makes a couple of appearances on and off in the film’s itinerary. The film is filled with numerous twists and turns that you will be on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next – and till the very end that is how it remains.
Besides being fast, the film also follows a nonlinear storytelling approach. There are many time jumps. You’re introduced to the first one within the first 30 odd minutes.
Talking about performances, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are amazing. They both give impeccable performances. Hrithik and Tiger practically set the screen on fire with their matching steps in Jai Jai Shivshankar. Keeping the dance aside, the duo are at par intellectually when pitted against each other in fight scenes.
Vaani Kapoor has a very small role but does a good job in the allotted screen space. Ashutosh Rana as Colonel Luthra plays his part well as the head of the espionage department in India. Anupriya Goenka as Aditi is convincing in her role as a spy who is loyal to her country. Soni Razdan too emotes the emotion as a wife of a traitor’s wife and a spy’s (army person’s) mother well.
With the acting being a positive part of the movie the place where the film suffers is the script. The script isn’t strong and could have been better. Where currently many digital series are giving good content on projects of a similar nature – the film should have invested more time and effort on the script.
The story by director Siddharth Anand and producer Aditya Chopra is full of twists and turns – much like Abbas-Mustan’s Race – keeping you on the edge of the seat. But the twist and turns turn out to be the only reason you sit till the end.
The dialogues pack a power punch but at times feel bland. The cinematography is beautiful. It takes you touring locations in Sweden, Australia, Portugal as well as the Arctic Circle.
With only two songs nicely placed in the film, it doesn’t get distracting or become an overdose. The background music adds to the feel of the film.
WAR is a quintessential film that could have been much much better with a stronger script. We give the film 3 stars – where 1 star is just for Hrithik and Tiger’s amazing good looks, good action and good acting.
If you want to spend the evening or weekend enjoying a film that’s high on action but provides a weak script, watch WAR.