Uri: The Surgical Strike Reviews
The movie on the whole keeps you watching despite some clunky passages. It’s always good to have movies in which the soldiers look real, even if the action is buoyed by such dialogues as ‘unhe Kashmir chaihye, humein unka sar’.
Vicky Kaushal leads an efficient but unimpressive attack. They may well have titled this film based on 2016 Surgical Strikes the Call Of Desi Duty.
An Unabashed Love Letter To The Indian Army...The dance between a realistic terrorist drama and rousing action thriller proves to be too much
Uri The Surgical Strike has many exciting moments. Don’t be surprised if you hear whistles all around when Indian paratroopers blast terrorist camps inside Pakistan
URI is edge-of-your-seat ride through recent history featuring Vicky Kaushal's competent performance at its centre.
Movies, their motives and time of release make me wonder if we'll ever be able to see India as India and not a reflection of its governments
Vicky Kaushal plays a steady hand and delivers the goods to an extent that, at times, seems wasted on it
The soldiers give up their today for our tomorrow and no words can signify or repay the sacrifices they make for our country. Uri puts a spotlight on the thankless job they do with passion in their hearts and fire in their bellies. The film is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army conceptually but cinematically, it’s not a film without flaws.
His slick war film draws a leaf out of Kathryn Bigelow’s gritty movies. “Uri: The Surgical Strike” is shorn of heavy background music, has smart action sequences and the requisite fist-pumping dialogue that are the hallmark of this genre. But try as it might, it also cannot avoid the Bollywood tropes that weigh it down.
Watch it for Vicky’s honest performance and to get a closer look at what happened on the night of the surgical strike.
Uri: The Surgical Strike, the first of the many political films to follow this year, has set the tone of the 2019 elections.
...a story of courage told with utmost honesty. Vicky Kaushal’s disciplined performance and the way of balancing tensions, thrills make this a movie you don’t want to miss.
...has a thrilling and a gripping narrative which instills patriotism without getting jingoistic. At the box office, the film will mainly appeal to the multiplex audience.
No better actor to lead this charge than the fully fired-up Vicky Kaushal menacingly calm as a military mind - inspiring his peers, with an infectious energy that is impossible to resist
What Dhar squanders on the screenplay, he makes up for in the details. Stefan Richter’s carefully designed and executed action scenes, Sashwat Sachdev’s thunderous background score, sound mix, sound design and special effects simulate authenticity. As far as war dramas go, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a confidently made film that comes out guns blazing. And when the guns are not blazing, Kaushal certainly is.
It's shot well, and despite being a patriotic revenge drama it remains soulless.
Audience Reviews for Uri: The Surgical Strike
Unabashed, Raw and soulful
Troops of armymen cross the walls of Pakistani posts, late night. Major Vihaan Sheirgill gets in a hand-to-hand fight with the Pakistani general. When the war is won in the half-morning dew, you feel true pride for your country.
But the sad reality is, you get utterly exhausted once the end credit scenes fade out, as it is too much of the reality mixed with melodrama instead of making you root for a true drama.
This RSVP production is based on the true events which happened in Uri town, Jammu & Kashmir state (presently the Union Territory). The surgical strike was the biggest Indian strike by the armed forces in Asia. This is an important story where the nationalistic spirit flowed through our veins. The soaring story roars, and just too loudly, in this over-ambitious film which tries to do too many things- tell an important story, make an electoral comment, pay homage to the army and give an insight into the lives of emotional whirlpools of the captains and majors.
But what should have made you feel proud of their tendency to always sacrifice their lives for the motherland, seems a little overdone. The film is also problematically too lengthy. This sucks out all the originality and makes it just another army film made in Bollywood.
But it has an admirable starcast which performs effectively- Mohit Raina breathes life in a short performance, and Vicky Kaushal, as always is just terrific as Major Vihaan. Although his ambitions seem too Bollywood in style, Kaushal gives it a flight of substance. Kirti Kulhari is just a rendition as fancy arthouse cast, but she gets most of it right in a terribly underwritten, underrated character.
And then, the cinematography too is wonderful. The film is shot majestically and the working conditions of armymen have been impeccably shot.
The storytelling has its own dimensions which are applaudable and worth the masses to cheer up.
But unfortunately, the film needed a little more things to be bucked up. It's 2.5 of 5 for Uri. You can surely watch it as a significant story, but as a film, only if you are a fan of Vicky Kaushal and good cinematography. It will make you proud as an Indian, and also tired.
First great action movie by Bollywood this year!
URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE is the first great action movie by Bollywood this year. Stylish guns, cool explosions and a clapworthy execution make this film truly epic by all standards. Vicky Kaushal, please do more such action movies in the future. You've earned a sincere fan.
If you're an action buff or/and a viewer who likes real-event movies, this one is a must watch. URI is handled well by Aditya Dhar who balances action and emotion very well. Don't mistake it for a war movie. It's about a surgical strike, which means a military attack carried out with the intention of damaging only a legitimate military target and to prevent a full-blown war.
Action is the best thing about the film. If you're a PUBG fan, the nonstop action will definitely impress you. While most of the action involves guns, some fight sequences involving fists will also make a crunchy impact. The director has tried to avoid gore for a major part and thus it's low even in the few parts where it's present.
All actors impressed big time. Vicky Kaushal finally did an action movie and didn't disappoint. Paresh Rawal's neat performance is praiseworthy. Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari also shine in their strongly written roles. Mohit Raina makes his presence felt. Music, dialogues and cinematography are all top notch.
It was after a long time that the multiplex audience cheered throughout and clapped at the end of a movie. I'm one of them too.
Ajay films critic
excellent movie. realistic, very exited
Even though I am still wondering the point of Uri, a self-boasting, anti-cantankerous film based on actual events, it did not cross my mind till before the second half when I was honestly enjoying Aditya Dhar's superior craft of war and its storytelling as he gives into the dreamy requirements of every patriotic cinema enthusiast in an action film where Pakistan again plays the bad element for the nth time and Vicky Kaushal moves to the next level of stardom. TN.