Commando 2, starring Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma and Esha Gupta, is the sequel to 2013's sleeper-hit Commando. Will Commando 2 live up to the expectations? 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: (3/5)
In Commando, Vidyut Jammwal literally had a 'phata poster nikla hero' moment - he tears through a poster of Force (which, incidentally, is his debut film). His Captain Karan Vir Dogra somersaulted and scissor-kicked his way, beat up an army of men single-handedly, rescued a girl and brought a local goon to justice. Commando 2 marks the return of the death-defying stunts (all done by Vidyut, without any stunt doubles or harnesses) and plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Karan, now a member of the Special Cell, continues his 'one-man army' act from the previous film. When Vicky Chaddha, the go-to black money launderer for all the corrupt netas and businessmen is apprehended in Malaysia, a special team is formed to bring him back. Headed by ACP Bakatawar (Freddy Daruwala), the team has encounter specialist and fashionista Bhavana Reddy (Adah Sharma), hacker Zafar Hussain and Karan. Vicky's hot wife Maria (Esha Gupta) convinces Karan that they are being made a scapegoat because someone needs to be made the bad guy. Is there more to their story than meets the eye?
Vidyut has great screen presence and owns the action scenes. If you thought you had seen it all when Vidyut somersaulted over a moving car, your breath will stop when he slides under one. But after a point, the extended gun battle begins to feel like a game of Counter Strike.
It is difficult to take tough cop Adah Sharma seriously when she keeps talking about how she cannot wait to escape her duty and start shopping at the nearest mall, though Commando 2 tries hard to show her as more than just a vacuous girl. Esha Gupta as the mysterious damsel in distress (or is it femme fatale?) does a good job, while Freddy Daruwala plays his strength, the baddie. But it is Vidyut who carries the film on his shoulders.
Commando 2 is high on patriotism, but some parts feel a little forced. Zafar, the computer hacker who has never held a gun in his life, is asked why he became a cop instead of pursuing a more profitable profession like IT. Nobody would associate the name Zafar Hussain with a patriot, he passionately says, so he became determined to prove them wrong and lay down his life for the country. When he is killed, Vidyut proclaims, "Tumne saabit kar diya."
Demonetisation is mentioned in passing in one dialogue. Given that Commando 2 revolves around the pursuit of black money, a little more of the subject could have been explored.
It looks like debutant film director Deven Bhojani learnt from the flaws of Commando, and irritating songs do not distract from the fast-paced cat-and-mouse game that plays out on the screen. The big song of the film, the reinvented Hare Krishna Hare Ram (originally from Akshay Kumar's Bhool Bhulaiyaa), comes during the end credits.
Commando 2 does not explore a novel theme - it's the classic good vs evil - but the high-voltage action makes this an entertaining one for fans of the genre.