Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.Margaret Atwood
Atwood’s opinion on heroes is exactly what the idea behind Commando 2 is. As everyone’s aware, the hero here is the mean-machine, Vidyut Jamwal, who has been court marshaled by the Indian Army and recruited to the Special Task force.
The monster he has to battle is the menace of Black Money, which has almost derailed and crippled the World Economy.
Packed off to Malaysia with a team of three officers, our protagonist now has to hunt to mastermind behind this evil.
An intriguing and well-intended idea may not always translate into an engaging film. That’s exactly the problem with the sequel. It tries to be too many things at the same time. It wants to be a high-octane action thriller, it throws some doses of comedy with irritating and caricaturist characters (Adah Sharma is a major misfire), and also wants to portray the plight of the Indian farmers. The last one, although intended to provoke emotions, leaves you cold and unmoved and only skims the surface.
And the raison d’etre itself is shockingly underwhelming- The Action. Jamwal climbs walls, dodges multiple bullets and unctuously passes from below a speeding car, but still all these montages fail to hold your grip or make your jaws drop with amazement. But to give credit where it’s due, he’s the only bright spot in this vacuous and unexciting motion picture.
The biggest disservice, however, is done to Shefali Shah and Satish Kaushik. Both the actors, who were almost the show-stealers in Dil Dhadakne Do and Udta Punjab respectively, struggle with half-baked roles and somnolent writing. And the less we talk about Esha Gupta and Freddy Daruwala, the better.
In the end, Commando 2 is just 2 much for your time and money.
Watch it only if you an action aficionado.