Vidyut Jammwal has carved a niche for himself in his films by giving stunt scenes that beat death. And his films are especially known for his action. The Commando franchise is one such film. And now the third part of this action thriller film Commando, Commando 3 has been released in theaters this week. So will Vidyut Jammwal once again be an action hero and entertain the audience with Commando 3. Or will you fail in your attempt? Let’s review.
Commando 3 is the story of a secret agent who fights against time to save his country. In Mumbai, two young children – Usman and Umar – are arrested after a tip-off with their mentor, Subhan. After the arrest it is revealed that Usman and Umar’s real names were Rakesh and Amit respectively and they converted to Islam after watching a provocative promotional video of Barack Ansari (Gulshan Devaiah). Barak’s mouth is covered in this video, which has no record of it happening. Therefore the Indian intelligence agency fails to recognize him. It is then revealed that he is planning a major terrorist attack in India. As festival time approaches, senior intelligence officer Roy (Rajesh Tailang) asks his most trusted and brave officer, Karanvir Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jamwal) to handle the matter. Karanvir learns that the source of the video and currency notes found in the houses of Usman, Umar and Subhan is from London. Meanwhile, Roy realizes that Subhan repeatedly talked about the 9/11 attacks. And that means the attack in India will happen on 9th November or 9/11 and incidentally, it is the day of Diwali. With only 33 days left for Diwali, Karanvir is immediately sent to London to track down Barack. She is helped in this mission by Bhavana Reddy (Ada Sharma), who is no longer corrupt, but still in love with Karanvir. In London, he is provided local assistance by two British Intelligence agents, Mallika Sood (Angira Dhar) and Armaan Akhtar (Sumeet Thakur). After careful interrogation of a number of suspects, he finally finds someone who has a chance to trace Barack’s identity. And it is revealed that he runs a restaurant. Not only this, he also learns that he is divorced from his wife Zahira (Ferna Vazhir) and that she is deeply in love with her son Abir (Atharva Vishwakarma). Karanvir keeps his son with him along with Zahira who is aware of Burak’s activities and hence agrees to be a witness. When Barak comes to know about this, he decides to make a plan to attack India first. What happens next after this will be known after watching the rest of the film.
The story of Darius Yarmil and Junaid Vasi is cliché and simplistic. But Darius Yarmil and Junaid Vasi’s screenplay is such that the characterization brings some novelty in terms of twists and turns etc. which keeps the interest in the film. However, it should have been consistently entertaining from start to finish for better effect. Darius Yarmil and Junaid Vasi’s dialogues are poor. A film like this should have one-liners which should ideally pack a punch. Sadly, the dialogues are strictly fine and quite poor at many places.
Aditya Dutt’s direction is neat and he handles it so well that people can enjoy and more importantly understand what is going on. Some scenes are handled cleverly. The sequence in which Karanvir and his accomplices are looking down at Barak, while in the parallel sequence, Barak is hunting down Karanvir, is very well managed. The romantic track is barely visible and that is okay as the focus is on the story here without wasting any time. Quite the contrary, the opening parts are not interesting and even in the second half the film takes a long time to rise up. There are many such scenes in the film which are impossible to digest. Till the end, the answers to some questions remain incomplete. Barack’s back story was not told till the end as to how he became such a dangerous terrorist and how he always escaped from the intelligence radar. It was also unclear what exactly Barack said in his video that the youth brainwashed to such an extent that some Hindus turned to Islam. Some snippets of it are shown, but they don’t make much sense.
Commando 3 doesn’t have anything special to start with. The opening scene is very slow and doesn’t bind. Vidyut Jammwal’s entry brings the necessary action to the film. The interrogation scene is good but again the film slows down. When the drama shifts to London, interest in the film picks up again. Interesting is the way Karanvir and his accomplices track down Barak. When Barak is watching Karanvir’s video on a news channel and he gets a sudden jolt, this scene is worth watching. After the interval, the film again loses its pace. A scene here is reminiscent of the Hollywood classic film The Dark Knight. The last 30 minutes of the film are quite entertaining and engaging. Single screen audience will surely love it as the makers have given a good message on Hindu-Muslim unity here.
Commando 3 is completely Vidyut Jammwal’s film and there is no doubt about it. His acting is not that great but he manages to pull the entire film on his shoulder. And as expected of his action avatar, he certainly delivers it. His performance in the finale deserves whistles and claps. Adah Sharma reprises her performance in Commando 2 which is likable. His comedy portion this time is less as compared to the second part but Bhavna Reddy fans should not be disappointed. Angira Dhar suits her role. Both the actresses fit in their respective roles. Gulshan Devayya looks scary as the villain. He says a lot with his eyes, it is worth watching. Special mention should be made for his British accent – which he has done well. Anil George (Momin) is devastated. And it is amazing to see them doing similar roles again and again. His character suddenly disappears which is quite strange. Rajesh Tailang is dependable. Sumeet Thakur has a decent screen presence. Freyna Vazhir gets to play a lovely character and she does justice to him. Atharva Vishwakarma makes his presence felt through his expressions and he makes sure that he does not go overboard. Virendra Saxena (Subhan’s father) and the actors who play Subhan, Umar/Amit, Usman/Rakesh, Inspector Tambe and Zaytun are fine.
There is no scope for music in the film. ‘Tera Baap Aaya’ is played in the background which works well in the film. ‘Main Woh Raat Hoon’ is also played in the background but doesn’t grab that much attention. ‘Akhiyan Milwanga’ and ‘Irade Kar Buland’ are missing from the film. Saurabh Bhalerao’s background score is picturesque and exhilarating.
Mark Hamilton’s cinematography is captivating, especially in the action sequences. The action of Andy Long Stunt Team Ltd, Alan Amin and K Ravi Varma is quite hardcore and violent. But Vidyut’s action sequences make it worth watching. Juhi Talmaki’s production design is neat. Sandeep Kurup’s editing could have been tighter in some scenes.
Overall, Commando 3 is a good action packed entertainer with action sequences, social messages and some paisa vasool scenes. Since it is the only film to release this week, it will be able to garner huge audiences at the box office window.