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Commando 2- Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on March 6, 2017 | No Comments

FILM – Commando – 2

PRODUCER – Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Dhaval Gada

DIRECTOR – Deven Bhojani

WRITER – Ritesh Shah

CAST – Vidyut Jamwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, Freddy Daruwala

MUSIC – Prasad Sashle

Commando-2 comes in the wake of the demonetisation disaster India recently suffered. It revolves around a team of police officers and a commando who are chasing a black money launderer to help the Indian Govt bring back the much-famed thousands of crores of black money stashed abroad and help poor Indian farmers.

Under this pretext of topicality it also tries to create a franchise out of a forgotten first film. Commando-2 has Vidyut Jamwal reprise his role as Karanvir Dogra, the rough and tough, man-of-steel rogue commando who can only climb walls and not act, to save his life.

So in between elaborate action sequences, (especially the one in the end, where both the women are standing and waiting for the two men to finish their action antics), the black money trail is chased. In a plot full of inconsistencies and holes, identities are revealed and changed without meaning or reason. Hairpin twists and turns abound so effortlessly that they put Abbas Mastan films to shame. And these twists and turns are told to us, what is shown is action, confusion and chases. When the characters stop to take a break (or think) a Eureka! moment happens, a twist is revealed and we are back to parkouring to the world’s end without knowing where we are going or where we came from.

There seems to be little sense in what simply is a film put together badly. Its political ideas are ridiculously shallow and its attempts to pander to populist ideas as silly. The primary characters surrounding the commando – his boss, his partner and his nemesis, are female, something we don’t see often, female characters with agency. It could have been interesting yet, there is very little to write about any of it.

Shefali Shah, as the Home Minister, Eesha Gupta as the main antagonist and Adah Sharma as the telugu-speaking, gun-toting police officer make no impact in the house of cards they are placed in. Vidyut Jamwal’s muscularity and action training makes him a perfect beefcake-ish hero for the genre. But he is so stiff and deadwood most of the time that even in hyper-action he seems to be mechanical.

Lukewarm theatre experiences are commonplace but there is this new emerging strand of chest-thumping, violence-justifying, jingoistic nationalism in every other film these days and Commando-2 wears it with pride too. As they say, cinema reflects society and its popular notions.

Fatema Kagalwala

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