Gippy Grewal’s latest Punjabi-language film Warning 2 (2024) picks up the threads from its predecessor Warning (2021), to take forward the revenge action drama. Directed by Amar Hundal, who directed Warning and Babbar (2022), Warning 2 plays to his strengths where he foregrounds slow-motion shots, stylised action choreography featuring tough looking goons, all held together by a threadbare screenplay.

Warning left off at the point when Geja (Gippy Grewal) is imprisoned and comes to the same jail as Pamma (Prince Kanwaljit Singh). Geja is the top dog and the whole assortment of gangsters languishing in jail are itching for a chance to prove their worth. Pamma is fascinated by the tales of Geja’s gruesome killings wherein he learns about Geja’s past and how, predictably, he set out to take revenge for his family’s murder, which led him to a life of crime. When the prisoners are being transferred to another location, it presents a golden opportunity for the prisoners as well as the predators circling outside, to seize the opportunity and balance the scales.

The driving force of the film is revenge but there is a crowd of people coming out of the woodwork to take their due. Seeti, Shinda, Geja, Gela, Bhola, Keepa, Rana, Jagga, Pamma, Shera…there are so many lethal goons floating around this film that it’s hard to keep up and the narrative becomes a needlessly complicated drama rather early in the film. There is one in a Hannibal Lecter inspired restraint mask and after all the hullabaloo around him, he does not get to do a thing! This is the kind of vague screenplay that the film is plagued by.

Aside from all the goons jostling for space, is suspended police officer Rahul Dev (Ranjit Singh), a gangster in uniform who drinks during the day, recites poetry for kicks and uses the word ‘encounter’ flippantly to kill criminals. Ranjit and Geja too have a complicated past and the climax sees them coming face to face once again.

One suspects that the director Amar Hundal knows that the script is peripheral to his stylised showcasing of action shots, guns and violence. The result is way too many slow-motion shots accompanied by a completely incongruous rock music soundtrack and blunt, direct action sequences. In a meta moment, a police officer is introduced in this manner, only for a character to say that there’s no need for a slow-motion introduction to him, since he is a bit of a bumbling fool!