Commando 2 movie review: A frothy laidback entertainer

Commando 2 movie review: A frothy laidback entertainer

This is the second edition of this action thriller franchise, the first being released in 2013. In this edition, after the arrest of India's most w

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This is the second edition of this action thriller franchise, the first being released in 2013.

In this edition, after the arrest of India’s most wanted black money launderer, Vicky Chaddha in Malaysia, Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra, the Commando of the Special Cell, is assigned to accompany the police team to bring him back to India.

While the narrative begins with the recent demonetisation issue, it ends up with how the black money could help the poor deprived farmers of our land. The tale follows Karan as he uses his brain and brawn in planning, crossing and double-crossing. The plot is pretentiously complex and convoluted with politicians, businessmen and the police involved.

For example, during the investigation, when Karan wanted to identify a particular church, the investigating team take the complex process of increasing the sound frequency of the video and then get into the process of cleaning the screen to identify a McDonald logo. The entire process seemed conceited and complex. For a layman, the simple process of zooming into the picture to identify the tiles laid on the church floor, would have sufficed.

There are many such moments like these where the film seems to have a crush on its own ludicrousness and is determined to keep the buzz going by never allowing the audience to look or think long enough to poke holes.

Tone is everything. The film is as knowingly unreal as some of the best early 1990s action classics. Like those films, this one is essentially synthetic with a body count. The director has the knack for setting up preposterous action scenes and then cutting away from them so quickly that you can’t help but chuckle in disgust.

Also in between a serious action sequence, when Karan asks his team members, “Tum sab theek ho?” What does he expect them to answer… and of course they are.

As for the action sequences, there are plenty, and they suffer the same fate. Karan just crashes through his universe, punching, kicking, displaying his parkour stunts and shooting himself and everyone that stand in his way.

And if you think that “Commando 2” is all about action and nothing else, then you are wrong. There is a plethora of

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