By Anil Merani| 2.5/5

If you ever want to see the ugly side of the conflict, watch John Abraham’s starred and produced Attack. This video game type movie reveals the utter lack of regard for human life during the war, turning men into killing machines. You might belch at the random bloodbath, but you have to keep shooting or get taken out yourself.

Also, as the Lakshya Raj Anand film showed, they might squeal at you if you give spare women and children. Yet you cant kill non-combatants, which is a war crime.

Attack also brings out the human cost of soldiers who get paralysed for life during ops. Being a commando Arjun Shergill( John Abraham), he could not protect his mother( Ratna Pathak Shah) from mere thieves. Also, the latter had to bathe him. How humiliating for any man.

The sci-fi part( turning John into an all-powerful cyber warrior ) was fun, and the dig on the Indian establishment’s refusal to trust desi scientists. Also, the line that Hollywood always precedes scientific discoveries.

Can a day come when we come up with original concepts that the west can copy, not vice versa? Attack aped Robocop.

John's repartee with AI ela was cute.  

The political game( Rajat Kapoor) also shows how much our ministers care for self-image rather than the nation. ( Avoiding blame and taking credit).

Prakash Raj has an exciting army commander character ( John’s boss).

John’s romance with Jacqueline Fernandez was cute. Her fellow air hostess’s jealous ‘ action brought a smile to my face.

I am glad they did not bring a romantic angle between John and Rakul Preet ( AI project head). However, something might brew between them in the sequel.

 Glad the film run length did not go beyond 2 hours, as anything longer would have become cumbersome.

There was no scope for emotion as it was raw action from the opening scene to the bitter end. I sometimes cried out for some relief, especially in the second half.

Seeing the Parliament attack brought back horrible memories of the actual attack on the temple of Indian democracy in 2002.

British born actor Elham Ehsas who played the main villain, stuck to the crazy terrorist brief exceptionally well. The genre does not allow any space for ideological dialogue, needed for conflict resolution.

It is us vs them, with no space for grey.