Movie Review: Commando (2013)

Box Office: Avg.

Karanvir Dogra [Vidyut Jammwal], a commando with the Indian Army, crashes into the Chinese territory. After being detained for a year in China and labeled an Indian spy, Karan escapes from the Chinese side and crosses into Himachal Pradesh. As Karan crosses into Punjab, India, he runs into Simrit [Pooja Chopra], who is escaping from Amrit aka AK47’s [Jaideep Ahlawat] goons. Amrit wants to forcibly marry Simrit.

Karan bashes up the goons and in turn, invites the ire of Amrit. Together, Karan and Simrit escape into the jungles, when cornered by Amrit and his cronies. Thus begins a cat and mouse game between Amrit and Karan in the deep forests… Director Dilip Ghosh stays true to the essence of the premise and promises never-witnessed-before action in COMMANDO. Having said that, I wish to add that COMMANDO isn’t a film that merely celebrates action or attempts to portray Vidyut’s expertise in martial arts. Also integrated is a [subtle] love story, besides drama of course. In addition, the makers punctuate the mandatory songs to spice things up. But its biggest strength is, without an iota of doubt, the action sequences, especially the ones while on the run in the jungles.


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Positive Reviews
4.0 “COMMANDO is a definitely a must-watch for all who revel in action that is Hollywood class. It is a FORCE to reckon with.”
3.5 “You may not like the film, if pure action, is not your staple at the movies.”
Times Of India
3.5 “COMMANDO is vintage good versus evil saga in a strikingly new avatar. A high-voltage action fare that’s racy, pulsating and packed with some adrenaline-pumping stunts. Watch it!”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “To its credit Commando creates a climate of clenched conflict for the hero to vent his voluminous talent as a martial artiste.”
3.0 “Commando works because it makes no qualms about being an all-out action film that caters to the palate of those yearning to watch a fresh face in an arena crowded by ageing stars.”
DNA India
3.0 “It’s linear and uncluttered and demonstrates and single-mindedness of approach that allows for a play-out of a near two hour runtime with less lag than most experienced action directors exhibit.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “If you’re a fan of action films, go for Commando.”
2.5 “Commando is an out and out Vidyut Jamwal film that provides him with the platform to showcase his martial arts genius with immense aplomb and in full volumes! So its definitely worth a watch.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Despite all the bravura technical effort that has clearly been put into Commando, the end result simply isn’t compelling enough to merit more than two stars.”
NDTV Movies
1.5 “Make no mistake, Commando is a poor film.”
1.5 “This is a video game — even the villain mentions to the effect at the climax.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.5 “Watch “Commando” only if you like action films and are a diehard fan of the genre.”


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