Commando 2: The Black Money Trail is the sequel to the 2013 film Commando which established Vidyut Jammwal as a formidable action hero. Here is our Commando 2 movie review.
Commando 2 Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, Freddy Daruwala
Commando 2 Director: Deven Bhojani
Commando 2 Rating: (1.5/5)
Karan (Vidyut Jammwal) AKA Commando is the lean, mean fighting machine who has zero tolerance for the corrupt and zero faith in India's judicial system and its politicians.
So he will fake an encounter rather than nab a criminal. It's all for a good cause as Commando 2 soon proceeds to tell us that Karan's muscles and his adept martial art skills are all that is needed to get crores of black money back to India. This is an action flick where the only the stunts are real; everything else is a flight of fancy.
Sent on a mission to Malaysia to bring back India's most wanted criminal Vicky Chadha who is hoarding 'black money' for India's richest in foreign bank accounts, Karan finds himself in a chase that features countless aerial kicks and punches, occasional screams, an annoying female colleague (Adah Sharma), hackers and a grumpy inspector (Freddy Daruwala). It doesn't take long before the listless narrative begins to test your patience.
Karan isn't perfect. He has a weakness for women. Enter femme fatale, played by Esha Gupta, who toys with the fighting hero despite repeated warnings from an encounter specialist Bhavna Reddy (Adah Sharma).
Reddy is supposed to provide laughs here with her South Indian-accented poor English and her obsession with shopping for branded goodies. Sadly, the only thing funny about her are the ridiculous outfits which she wears on duty. Soon a colleague is lost and Karan and Bhavna seek revenge. Poor Daruwala is pretty much set aside in the unfolding mess. So is Shefali Shah who here plays the Home Minister who orders the Bring Vicky Back mission.
The only reason to watch Commando 2 is to marvel at the agility and fighting prowess of Jammwal, who is also credited for choreographing the stunts. The camera tracks his each and every move - from the way he makes his way through the tiniest spaces to how he leaps and rolls to land perfectly - leaving no doubt that there is no stunt double at play. His thespian skills are not as sharp as his action ones though.
There's simply not enough to hook the audience to what is a wafer-thin and an unconvincing story. By the end of it, Karan hasn't just resolved India's black money crisis but also miraculously fixed our impoverished farmers' financial woes. Make him the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan ambassador already.
(The writer tweets as @suhani84.)