Director : Deven Bhojani
Cast : Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Freddy Daruwala and Esha Gupta
Quick take : High on action thriller with a bizarre storyline
Filmfare rating : 2.5/5
Vidyut Jammwal reprises his role here as Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra from the first Commando (2013). While the earlier was a high action romance carrying shades of Rambo, the present film is more on the lines of the Raid Redemption films, what with the hero entering the hide out of the bad guys on several occasions and single-handedly taking out all the goons. From a commando unit, our hero is transferred to a super secret command dedicated to carrying out black ops both in India and abroad and flush out the black money launderers. Given the rhetoric by the present government about bringing back the black money to India, the filmmakers have taken the right emotional track. They have even shown that people in the highest echelons of power are part of the nexus and given a chance, they can reform and turn a new leaf.
The plot has more twists than a jalebi. Writer Ritesh Shah must have developed a headache keeping track of it all at the end of the day. Indian government sends a high level team of officers to bring back a dreaded hawala racketeer from Malaysia. The job of course isn't easy as it sounds but after surmounting innumerable hurdles, being backstabbed at every step and made a fool of by a cunning female, our hero triumphs in the end.
The action sequences are mounted straight out of a first person shooter game, like the Call of Duty. It's shoot, load, repeat all the way with some kung fu kicks and punches thrown in. Vidyut Jammwal shines in sequences where he runs through crowded Bangkok streets Parkour style and almost catches up with the villain's car. His forte also is hand-to-hand combat and there is plenty of that to satisfy the lust of action buffs. The whole film is designed to keep Vidyut's strengths at play and as a result, Freddy Daruwala, who plays a hot-tempered policeman and Adah Sharma, who believe it or faint is an encounter specialist, are short charged. Involving them more in key action scenes would have added variety to the film. Actor Deven Bhojani, known for his comic timing, impresses with his technical finesse over the action genre in his directorial debut. A little more attention to the plot would have turned it into a far better product than it is right now. But if the ultimate aim is to showcase your hero as a badass killing machine, should you really care about cohesive narration?