Two drop dead good looking, extremely fit stars, who don’t need to put any act when it comes to action, pulling some crazy stunts with the same ease as their fancy footwork on the dance floor. Yes, it’s Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff who get set for a face off in the high octane, WAR.
Blazing guns, fast cars, bike chases, exotic locations and thrilling action on air, water and land, WAR comes with stylishly choreographed sequences, a la James Bond meets Ethan Hunt meets Jason Bourne kind of vibe and lots of testosterone.
Directed by Sidharth Anand, the USP of WAR are its two male leads, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff play mentor-mentee, caught in a ferocious duel as they flex their muscles, bare their perfect torsos, and of course, dance like a dream, that you can hardly choose sides.
Kabir (Hrithik Roshan) a high flying officer, who is part of the Indian Intelligence, wears his patriotism on his sleeve and there is no mission which is impossible for him, he is the man to be relied on.
Khaled (Tiger Shroff) a young Captain who wants to be part of Kabir’s next mission, however, carries the scar of his father’s past who was a traitor. As Khaled proves his abilities and gives a successful test of his loyalty to the disapproving Kabir, the two seem to be perfect match to take down the baddies.
But here comes the twist in the plot, Kabir has gone rogue and is gunning for the very people he was working for, Khaled is hot on Kabir’s heels to hunt him down. What ensues is a cat and mouse game as they dodge bullets, fall of choppers, fly across bridges, race each other down in zany car and bike chases across New Delhi to Malta to Lisbon, trying to beat each other down.
The story, similar to what one has seen in spy thrillers, you do get the drift post interval on what could possibly unfold, but it comes with another twist, which keeps you engaged.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention Vaani Kapoor who comes in for precisely ten minutes post intermission, playing Naina, a dancer and single mother who catches Kabir’s eye in a song and dance and strikes an emotional nerve in the rogue agent.
Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff drive the show, excelling in their roles as the men in need of speed, they have swag and give you enough eye candy. Hrithik Roshan’s salt and peppered scarred look adds to his charm. Tiger Shroff keeps up well as he matches his off screen ‘idol’ Hrithik Roshan step by step on screen.
Now, as is the case with most action films, if you are expecting to fulfil art house ambitions it’s not for you. If you are in the mood to watch some high voltage thrills, war is for you. War is a good watch, and is in all probability looks like a franchise film.
Rating: 3 out of 5