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Review : Commando 2 -The Black Money Trail

Banner: Sunshine Pictures, Pen  Movies, Reliance Entertainment

Producers: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Reliance Entertainment

Director: Deven Bhojani

Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, Freddy Daruwala, Shefali  Shah, Adil Hussain, Vansh Bhardwaj, Satish Kaushik, Sumit Gulati

Writers: Ritesh Shah (screenplay), Suresh Nair (story)

Music: Mannan Shah, Gourov Roshin

The action genre was once considered the safest to score at the ticket counter. That formula hasn’t changed, except that audiences now reward only movies that are smartly written and well executed. And that about sums up Commondo 2, a film that has been smartly written by Ritesh Shah and executed superbly by its director, Deven Bhojani.

In places, the film reminds you of Mithun Chakraborty’s James Bond-type movies like Suraksha and Wardaat. It has umpteen twists plus superlative action and funny moments, and is entertaining throughout. Sure, it has a few hiccups but the climax justifies everything.

Commando 2 kicks off on a promising note and the momentum gets going from the very first frame. A sheer delight to watch on the silver screen, its cinematography is splendid. We also have a hero who lets his actions speak louder than words, and a mission which makes him go all in. When the protagonist goes all guns blazing, it’s an action flick to relish.

One way to justify a sequel is to make it bigger than the first. In Commando 2, the action is definitely bigger than it was in the first part as is the scale of the production. Technically, the film achieves excellence with brilliantly executed action, credible acting and swift screenplay, which wraps in 124 minutes. Although the pace does drop post-interval, it doesn’t take away from the entertainment quotient.

Karan (Vidyut Jammwal), the maverick Indian Army commando, joins a team put together by Home Minister Leela (Shefali Shah), to bring back Vicky (Vansh Bhardwaj), a shadowy and powerful launderer, who has been arrested in Thailand along with his wife Maria (Esha Gupta). The team also consists of police officer Bhaktawar (Freddy Daruwala), a clueless hacker (Sumit Gulati) and Bhavna (Adah Sharma), a corrupt encounter specialist.

Leela’s son is embroiled with the launderer and she assembles the pliant team with an idea to protect Vicky’s clients, rather than prosecute him, and cover the trail by killing him when the job is done. How the film unfolds forms the crux of the story.

Director Deven Bhojani marks a confident debut and proves that he can hold a serious film together with flair. He totally exploits the sets and locations and impresses with his knack for detailing. He builds drama and thrills in each scene and executes them impeccably.

Bhojani also excels when it comes to building the characters and fully exploits the talent of his actors. He has also done his homework on the script. Ritesh Shah’s detailing in the screenplay is also commendable. The phenomenally executed fights are the main USP of the film. However, the screen time is focused largely on the investigation and you wish the film had a little more action.

The first half of the movie moves very quickly but, post-interval, the pace drops before it picks up again. The film takes up the issue of black money and is a relevant subject in today’s times. The narrative, however, impresses only in parts.

Editing by Amitabh Shukla and Sanjay Sharma is top notch; the duo wraps the narration in a runtime of 124 minutes. Cinematography by Chirantan Das is very good, especially in the action sequences. Background score lifts the screenplay and injects zest into each scene. Locations and costumes are apt. The action is brilliantly choreographed and executed.

Performance-wise, Vidyut Jamwal is phenomenal and very competent in front of the camera. He is spectacular and is a complete package for an actor. Adah Sharma does justice to her role and ably plays her part. Esha Gupta impresses. She looks beautiful and emotes with conviction. Freddy Daruwala portrays his part with flamboyance. Shefali Shah gives a spectacular performance; she is outstanding. Adil Hussain is notable. Vansh Bhardwaj is good. Thakur Anoop Singh is fantastic. The rest of the cast support well.

Verdict: The film has the right ingredients to take it to the safety mark at the box office.  

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