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  • It’s not that mass hero action masala or the run of the mill revenge picture where a popular on screen gun – toting macho man is out for a purpose, here is a ‘real’ hero fighting ‘real’ enemies in ‘real’ territory, infusing ‘real’ feelings, a picture which can be shown to future generations on how India gave it back to Pakistan.

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  • ...has a thrilling and a gripping narrative which instills patriotism without getting jingoistic.

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  • The film is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army conceptually but cinematically, it’s not a film without flaws.

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  • ...is a solid action/political thriller and one that has a lot of great moments with Dhar showing mastery in storytelling, control in creating intensity and a great performance from the lead, Vicky Kaushal.

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  • ...is a confidently made film that comes out guns blazing. And when the guns are not blazing, Kaushal certainly is.

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  • Keeping the affiliations of Uri the film aside (which is a task in itself), it is a decent film for most parts. The first half is far more gripping than the second. Post intermission, the makers themselves seem over-excited, to the point of losing control of the narrative.

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  • ...if the film delved a little more into strategy and emotions, it could’ve been more inclusive, if not a more intense watch. Not the chest-beating JP Dutta-type jingoism, but just a dash on what drives these brave men would’ve gone a long way.

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  • One can’t believe that the actual surgical strikes had such shoddy execution. Director Aditya Dhar should have watched films like Zero Dark Thirty or 7 Days In Entebbe to get a clear idea about how to make movies with surprise attack as the focus.

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  • Watch it for Vicky’s honest performance and to get a closer look at what happened on the night of the surgical strike.

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  • Supremely competent first-time director Aditya Dhar uses these weapons—sophisticated machine guns, grenades, rocket launchers, top-grade fighter aircraft—to hit home with a winning plot, over two hours, 10 minutes of stunningly shot (Mitesh Mirchandani), non-stop, military-action drama, packed with pyrotechnics that appear authentic, world-class, technically kickass.

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  • Ultimately there’s a lot to admire here, but because it can’t shake off its unmistakably filmi sensibility – which is inherently at odds with the no-nonsense tone it aspires for – it proves thrilling only in parts.

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  • Not so much a war movie as a ‘Hukumat’-style revenge drama, but it works.

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  • ...has incredibly persuasive action sequences, but its military reserve can be stifling.

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  • At times I found myself standing clear of my own political biases to acknowledge his engaging craft. At other moments, I broke away from the film’s emotional sway to question its politics.

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  • ...is an unabashed love letter to the Indian army. If you want nuance or insight into the hearts and minds of brave men and women who willingly put themselves in the line of fire, you won’t find it here.

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  • Slick war action could make it worth a watch. But be warned, the forced and never-ending emotional drama is a bit much and the propaganda is inescapable.

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  • It's shot well, and despite being a patriotic revenge drama it remains soulless.

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  • For a film about active blood-letting, it is curiously bloodless. There are not enough of the rousing goose-bump inducing moments that such films come armed with. When a character shouts, how’s the ‘josh’, you want to add to it: where’s the ‘josh’?

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  • The action is as slick as the propaganda.

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  • After watching Uri: The Surgical Strike, one gets the feeling that Modi has added yet another tool to help him win the 2019 Lok Sabha election: Hindi cinema.

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  • ...while the action is convincing, the proceedings are unmistakably dull. The film doesn’t thump its chest as hard as the ones made by JP Dutta, but merely keeping its shirt on doesn’t make this an actual movie.

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  • ...sketchy writing is a problem that plagues the film as a whole. But for the presence of Vicky Kaushal, whose character desists from overt chest-thumping, Uri: The Surgical Strike would have been a complete washout.

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  • ...plays out in the precarious sub-genre of the 'well-made' propaganda. The ambitious production design and consistent visual flair come scarily close to masking out the timely histrionics. The film is well-executed, if not well-intended.

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  • Though a watchable film, ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’, is too much a work of pre-election propaganda.

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