Critics have slammed Commando 2. The film has received extremely poor reviews.
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Commando 2 Review by Indicine
Commando 2 is a movie which would have worked very well about 5-6 years back but will find it difficult to make a mark in the current scenario. It is a below average movie which doesn’t entertain a lot, and the action scenes don’t look realistic. The pace drops off quite a lot in spurts and the climax doesn’t redeem the movie either. It is a sequel which should have remained in the planning stage. And while we are at it, let’s call for a surgical strike on money-grabbing sequels.
Commando 2 Review by Bollywood Hungama
After having achieved laurels in acting and directing TV serials, Deven Bhojani makes his debut as a film director with COMMANDO 2. Even though he does a decent job as a debutant director, it’s the film’s script that does the film in. Deven Bhojani, who has laced the film with some interesting twists and turns, does manage to catch you unaware with a handful of the shock elements in the film. Despite having done so much work as a director in many TV shows, it is sad to see Deven Bhojani struggle as a story teller with COMMANDO 2. While the film’s first half successfully manages to build momentum and the pace in the form of the introduction of the characters with some really stylish action scenes thrown in, the film’s second half starts dragging and also becomes predictable at many places. The second half, which looks very disjointed in many places, goes in random and unexpected directions and lands up confusing the viewers. It does come as a shock to see Ritesh Shah’s poor writing in COMMANDO 2, considering that he is the same man who was appreciated so highly for his extremely powerful and convincing writing in the smash hit film PINK. At the same time, one really wonders about the need for the film’s makers to infuse the patriotism angle, which looks heavily forced in the film. Amongst all this, there are some memorable scenes as well in the film in the form of the post interval action sequence outside the mall, the massive fight during the climax and also the interval scene.
Commando 2 Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
There’s no denying that Bollywood action hero Vidyut Jammwal is strikingly good at hand-to-hand combat. His ripped torso and sinewy arms seems to have a life of its own, but that vibrancy wasn’t reflected in its story or in the way the characters were fleshed out in Commando 2: The Black Money Trail.
Commando 2 Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
Director Deven Bhojani tries too hard to evoke intrigue but the absurd script leaves no room for thrill. The multiple illogical twists leave you frustrated and in no mood to connect the dots and decode the mystery. Also, the director seems to be a diehard fan of Mission Impossible series and American superhero films as various scenes remind you of the original versions. Barring Esha Gupta’s ravishing looks and permanent smirk, nothing quite stands out in the film. None of the lead actors are able to show a single expression. Ada Sharma’s attempt at speaking comic Hyderabadi Hindi (or at least that’s we thought it was) fails to amuse.
Commando 2 Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The sequel of Commando, called Commando 2: The Black Money Trail, gives Vidyut Jammwal large tracts of the film to flex his awe-inspiring biceps, and other equally spectacular muscles, in the service of his ‘desh’. He’s also given a bunch of unlikely companions, in the shape of the most shapely Esha Gupta, the played-for-laughs Adah Sharma, the mandatory computer geek, and the lean mean cop with dubious loyalty (Freddy Daruwala).
Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
It looks like debutant film director Deven Bhojani learnt from the flaws of Commando, and irritating songs do not distract from the fast-paced cat-and-mouse game that plays out on the screen. The big song of the film, the reinvented Hare Krishna Hare Ram (originally from Akshay Kumar’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa), comes during the end credits. Commando 2 does not explore a novel theme – it’s the classic good vs evil – but the high-voltage action makes this an entertaining one for fans of the genre.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Commando 2 is a slow moving movie, which has absolutely nothing original. The fight sequences are borrowed, the dialog is sloppy and the end is as good as propaganda.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Action scenes look forced in a story that takes the audience for granted. Illogical twists are thrown at you every 10 minutes, which eventually end up in a fight between the same people you saw in the last scene. It seems they first planned the action scenes and then tried to put a ring around it. Sadly the action alone can’t suffice for the lack of a narrative structure.
Review by Ankita Chaurasia on Bollywood Life
Vidyut, of course! There’s a certain raw charm about him and the manner in which he performs his stunts. At a time when every other actor is an action hero, what sets Vidyut apart is that his style is organic. The action sequences don’t look choreographed and that’s saying something. He repeats his feat of squeezing through extremely tight spaces numerous times in this film as the same had fetched him much appreciation in the last one. Also the fact that the makers have not given way to a full-blown love story helps the film’s cause. The film also ends on a positive note, making you hopeful of the sitution in the country. May be by the end of it all, you would be convinced that the fight against black money is indeed going somewhere.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
There’s more unintended hilarity and very little combat to justify the existence of a sequel. And while Jammwal definitely can score in the daredevil department, he needs a script much more robust than his physique for the viewer to endure everything between the stunt scenes. Commando 2’s endlessly mindless proceedings do not come anywhere close to fulfilling that criterion.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Vidyut stands out with his excellent stunts until the last frame of the film but with each film he proves that he isn’t a good actor. At the same time, he knows his way about with action movies so well that he sails through the entire film flawlessly. Adah Sharma is a comic relief in the role of a blonde inspector accompanying two hot men on the mission. Freddy Daruwala, Adil Hussain, Sumit Gulati, Shefali Shah and Satish Kaushik are good in their respective roles. The biggest disappointment is Esha Gupta who plays a grey role for the first time. Though her reason for doing a ‘Vidyut Jammwal’ film is clearly understandable but she is awful.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Commando 2, helmed by comedian and sitcom director Deven Bhojani, is a rather dreary affair. It generates no edge-of-the-seat excitement because the fight sequences are drably mechanical and, therefore, utterly monotonous. To aggravate matters, the film’s principal antagonist, around the halfway point, turns out to be a femme fatale who makes far too many fatal mistakes to stand a real chance against a glib soldier who is Bollywood’s very own version of a combination of Vin Diesel and The Rock.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Deven Bhojani, making his directorial debut in Hindi films following an illustrious TV career as an actor and director, dares to venture out of his comfort zone to attempt this action thriller. While he tried the genre with the limited TV series Pukar, comedy and drama seem a more likely association for the director of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. He sticks to the tropes — inserting explosions when things get dull, kahaani mein twist just prior to the interval and an unpredictable reveal in the end. But the film lacks the much-needed surprise element and the story, at one point, seems to be written while filming. Even the action sequences offer little novelty. That our virtually indestructible lead dodges every strike while his opponents endure every blow, takes away from reality. Also, including powerbocking and elaborately-choreographed parkour sequences doesn’t necessarily add a feather to the action director’s cap unless he’s able to utilise the same to evoke emotion.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The best thing that Deven Bhojani does in this escapist pop corn action is that he keeps the pace moving and avoids songs that help in maintaining the interest level of the nerds and junkies of this genre. Production values are good and technicalities are fine. Chirantan Das’ cinematography and crisp editing of Sanjay Sharma and Amitabh Shukla maintain the adrenaline rush. If you are an action junkie and looking for an action glory without minding much about the story then COMMANDO 2: THE BLACK MONEY TRAIL kicks some butts of an escapist pop corn fun.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
As for the film itself, Commando 2 may be bigger in terms of budget, but when it comes to content, the prequel is any day better. Commando was made with simplicity and honesty, which appealed to viewers, but with Commando 2, the makers have gone out of their ways to cook up a contrived plot, which combined with a weak screenplay, poor performances and forgettable dialogues, makes for a deadly dull fare. If that was not all, there are a lot of indirect endorsement of Government campaigns like ‘Swachh Bharat’ and Demonetisation, which may leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Deven Bhojani makes his protagonists wear their patriotism on their sleeves, which comes across as way too immature and unnecessary. Commando 2 may boast of exotic locales and slick action scenes, but it remains a below average film.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Director Deven Bhojani ought to have cut the flab out of this movie and made it, metaphorically speaking, as tight as his leading man’s abs. Vidyut does a crazy, eye-popping number of stunts – including one in which he slips effortlessly through a cubby hole – but the action feels overlong and repetitive since it’s in service of a frankly underwhelming plot. And while Vidyut may flex his muscles like few can, his acting chops need work.
Commando 2 Review by Indiaglitz
The editing in order to keep the movie crisp is a bit jittered. The story, despite of being interesting keeps wandering in various places. The second half becomes repetitive and bit boring after a while. Every happening in the second half is shown in an easy manner without any conviction. The execution in few scenes is bit juvenile. Director Deven Bhojani should have focused more on the screenplay of the second half, where nothing concrete is happening. The movie drags in between and should have more fight sequences. Vansh Bharadwaj overacts. Freddy Daruwala and Adil Hussain are wasted.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
The film is grandly mounted with excellent production values. The cinematography is of fine quality, the background score which mostly consists of a rock-n-roll beat, makes the film seem like a frothy and laidback entertainer.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
The screenplay about black-money, demonetization, and yes, desh-bhakti plugs all the holes in its script with commanding cleverness. The plot is designed as a brick-building toy that moves in a sly sexy slant and manages to stay up there. Writer Ritesh Shah and Suresh Iyer combine political savvy and pulp fiction with much gusto. And yes, there is even a message about bankrupt farmers at the end, which is a bit hard to swallow.
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