Baaghi 2 : First Watch Review

Plot: Neha (Disha Patani) calls for her ex-boyfriend and army man Ranveer (Tiger Shroff) to find her 3-year-old daughter Rhea, who’s been kidnapped 2 months ago. Ranveer aka Ronny has to solve the mystery of the missing child.

Review: Baaghi 2 is all about action with elements of suspense and thriller.

The first half of the film is spent in setting up of the plot. A helpless mother (Neha) reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Ronny, who is an army-man for help. But once Ronny starts investigating the case, he finds out that no one has a clue about Neha’s daughter.

The film has a slow story build up and the first half of the film is almost spent in setting up the characters and the story, slightly boring the viewers.

Although there are some action sequences in the first half, the focus remains on Neha’s and Ronny’s relationship and how their past affects their present.

The second half has a seemingly different air. The slow pace of suspense and the romantic vibes give way to twists and turns finally leading to an action-packed finale. Ronny undergoes a transformation from the confused soldier to an absolute blood-thirsty Rambo with nothing but the fire of revenge in his eyes, giving Tiger Shroff the chance to exhibit his martial arts skills in full glory. He turns into a desi-version of Rambo as he annihilates an entire army with blazing guns and high flying kicks. It is here, that director Ahmed Khan’s movie trades style for substance. The focus is all on belting out slick action sequences that look cool. It’s disappointing that the story suffers in this attempt to impress with the action choreography and stunts. There are quite a few plots reveals and character twists during the 2nd half, but are not convincing and the cliche might cringe you. The direction stumbles as the film’s initial pace which seemed to be moving towards a thrill, doesn’t fit in with the high on adrenaline scenes in the second half.

For most parts, the movie sticks to its leading man’s strengths and that’s a smart decision. In the many flashbacks in the first half, Disha plays the charming college girl too, but it’s the beaten and bruised mother part that where she has done the better job. The film also features supporting performances by Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal and Manoj Bajpayee. But these powerhouse performers have weak and clichéd characters, doing all but injustice to their talents. Prateik Babbar plays Neha’s brother-in-law, but he snorts and sneers through the role, leaving no impact. As in any commercial film, there’s also music and dance on the plate. But the songs disrupt the pace of the film and increases the length. Remixes of Mundiyan Toh Bach Ke and Ek Do Teen, that features a special appearance by Jacqueline Fernandez.

At 2 hours and 25 minutes Baaghi 2 seems a little too long. With better editing and a taut screenplay this one would have packed a stronger punch. Nonetheless, for fans of the action genre, Baaghi 2 can be a one-time watch.

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