Artificial city

Onslaught – Part 1 is a half-baked tale of wartime artificial intelligence

John Abraham plays a super-soldier in Attack—Part 1. Photo: Universal Communications.

Arjun Shergill (John Abraham) is an officer in the counter-terrorist cell, known for his daring missions. During one of these attacks on militants, he arrests a well-known mastermind. But he saves and saves a young man transformed into a human bomb. It’s in 2010.

In the present day, an airport in the city is attacked by terrorists, and Arjun, who happens to be there to receive his stewardess girlfriend, Ayesha (Jacqueline Fernandez), is seriously injured, as she is killed. in the fire of militants. He is almost completely paralyzed and feels even more helpless when his house is broken into one night and, being in a wheelchair, he cannot even protect his mother (Ratna Pathak Shah) from attack.

Doctors say Arjun will be disabled for life, but Arjun’s boss Subramaniam (Prakash Raj) wants him back in action. How? ‘Or’ What? A scientist, Dr. Saba (Rakul Preet Singh) works on artificial intelligence (AI). She’s on the verge of a breakthrough but needs a human subject to try out a revolutionary chip that can be inserted into an injured man’s body. With this, man can get back on his feet and develop superhuman powers, physical and mental. But for this, the terms and conditions must be respected.


Arjun learns that the current terrorist mastermind is Hamid Gul (Elham Ahsas), the same “boy” he spared in 2010. Arjun is more than ready despite the threat to his life if the experiment fails. There are, however, some restrictions on the potential super-soldier: he cannot take certain physical risks, and his emotional memories may prevent successful action. One bright spot is that he’s equipped with all the relevant data, including a certain amount of rare foresight, like knowing when Hamid Gul is nearby, thanks to the talking, super-intelligent AI voice within him.

Arjun now learns that the Parliament is under attack by Hamid Gul and his forces, posing as India’s Rapid Action Force. As they storm and capture Parliament, hold 300 people hostage, kidnap the Prime Minister and set their terms, it’s up to Arjun to foil their plans. Saba also happens to be in parliament, while the home minister (Rajit Kapur) clashes with Subramaniam and the army chief (Kiran Kumar) over how to deal with terrorists.

In a string of patriotic and spy dramas that recently began about half a decade ago, Attack—Part 1is by far the most mixed, desperately determined to only take advantage of John Abraham’s rippling muscles. Thinking back, how did Arjun maintain his muscularity when his body was paralyzed, probably at least for a few months? Regardless, writer-director Lakshya Raj Anand doesn’t want you to think at all, as he gives us technical gibberish, disguised as clever razzmatazz. Of course, there is an overabundance of action, à la Hollywood actioners. But in these, even the illogical is made plausible, which is not the case here!

From the fact that he spared Hamid as a child, we know Arjun is an emotional man, and it gets better when we see him fall in love with Ayesha. Now that Ayesha is dead and a barrage of memories continue to torment him, his emotions will get in the way of the super soldier.

From now on, as Romeo Akbar Walter and John’s House Batla (not to mention the abominable calamity of triple John Satyameva Jayate 2), we find the film doing its best to cash in on the success – of other films in its genre. Shergill, Arjun’s surname, is straight out of URI—The Surgical Strike. The same goes for the musical director, Shashwat Sachdev, whose songs here are pathetic (and again with heavy Punjabi influence and the current style of sickening vocals) and overly loud and intrusive background music.

The cinematography (Will Humphris, PS Vinod and Soumik Mukherjee) is average, by today’s high standards, and the performance ditto, again by today’s standards. Names as prominent as Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajit Kapur are wasted, and Rakul Preet Singh gets one of his most underdeveloped characters, without any kind of graphics. Jacqueline dies after a few scenes and a song or two, as in Bachchan Panandey a few weeks ago.

The script is the biggest culprit, and the director can’t even make fanciful things like a terrorist attack first on an airport and then on Parliament House convincing. What were the Indian secret services doing (the real ones, not the artificial ones!) between the attack on the airport and the attack on Parliament? Yes, we know that India has failed in the past in real cases, but given today’s scenario, we should have at least had a discussion about that failure, which was right there in The lower end of the bell fixed at the time of Congress.

And although it takes place in the present, we have a politician uttering the excruciating phrase: “Soldiers these days seem to have Josh (spirit)!” Additionally, in a first since Frontier 25 years ago, this film shows everything (like the good old spy movies of the 60s and 70s) but does not specifically mention Pakistan as the culprit. Some media colleagues have even praised this mark of “patriotism”! Well, how many countries where Urdu speaking people are around India?

Leave this shyness aside, Attack—Part 1′The novelty of artificial intelligence is soon tossed aside for a full-fledged story of a muscle man and his testosterone action. It’s only when it’s practical that the high-tech aspect kicks in. But the tension and drama created is barely overpowering, and the ending is totally predictable.

Sorry, we got it wrong. What has been unpredictable was the intolerably lukewarm end of Hamid Gul. When a villain is very mean (forget the fact that Elham Ahsas looks more like an unshaven white lover than a Pakistani devil!), the ending should justify the meanness. But the climax leaves us strangely ungrateful.

John Abraham should now have a sharper sense of scenarios and projects. His recent track record shows that he is easily duped by make-believers. If he has to do the kind of fist-heavy project with a depreciate In this sense, he should stay away from the makers of proposals, especially if they want him to invest more than as an actor in their films.

Rating: **

Pen Studios, JA Entertainment & AK Productions present Attack—Part 1 Produced by: Dr. Jayantilal Gada, John Abraham & Ajay Kapoor Directed by: Lakshya Raj Anand Written by: John Abraham, Lakshya Raj Anand, Sumit Batheja & Vishal Kapoor Music: Shashwat Sachdev Starring: John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Kiran Kumar, Rajit Kapur, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ehlam Ahsas, Babrik Akbari, Roshni Singh and others

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