Good efforts but a loose script.
Akshay Khanna , Gautam Rode , Vivek Dahiya , Parvin Dabas , Samir Soni , Abhimanyu Singh , Mir Sarwar , Manjari Faddnis , Akshay Oberoi
State of Siege Temple Attack is now streaming on Zee5.
State of Siege: Temple Attack is a hostage rescue thriller based on true events that happened in 2002 at Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Akshaye Khanna plays an NSG commando in the film. The 110-minute-film, led by Akshaye Khanna, is for everyone who likes to see a cat-and-mouse chase between heavily armed men and our brave soldiers.
The State of Siege starts with an initial succession set in the Kupwara District in J&K, at a pretend Indo-Pak line. Akshaye Khanna plays Major Hanut Singh, the man running a mission to remove a minister kidnapped girl. Here are some incredible visuals in this scene that set the pace and thrill of the movie.
After that, the scene shifts to Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar. A group of terrorists with a peculiar accent and a handler who gives them commands over the phone enters the temple, makes people hostages, and ends up doing collateral damage to property and lives before uniformed NSG commandos come in to save lives.
Writers William Borthwick and Simon Fantauzzo have focussed only on the role of National Security Guard (NSG) commandos in gunning down the terrorists and saving the hostages. The terrorists, armed to the teeth, do not look menacing enough to send shivers down our spines. Also, the script has some missing elements which fall short of evoking any emotion. In the end, what comes out is a flat battle between the good and the bad. It never gets you on the edge of your seat as other films from this genre do usually.
It is only in the well-choreographed action sequences and the scenes of Akshay Khanna making plans that are interesting to watch and wait till the end. Akshay Khanna is doubtless a talented actor. But he is trapped in a script that has little room for vivid character development. All other cast had done average due to lack of their character development.
State of Siege: Temple Attack could have been a decent thriller. But when you enter it expecting an insight into one of the historical crises India faced, you come out disappointed.
2 out of 5 stars.