Until now it's only been the Hollywood films that have catered to the action fanatics because here in Hindi films we believe in over the top antics where action only means watching people flying in the air with just a touch of the superstar, at times not even that! But filmmaker Vipul Shah is all out to raise the bar with his action-romance Commando: A One Man Army. Does it actually deliver some never seen before stunts as boasted? Let's find out.
Para commando Karanvir Dogra (Vidyut Jamwal) crashes into the Chinese territory and is caught. After suffering a year's detention in China for being an Indian spy, he makes an escape and lands into North India. Saved from one trouble he finds himself embroiled into another as he runs into Simrit (Pooja Chopra) who is escaping too from the clutches of a powerful local political hoodlum Amrit alias AK74 (Jaideep Ahlawat). How Karanvir saves the damsel in distress is what follows through the rest of the plot.
Filmmaker Vipul Shah when claims to give India its biggest action film he surely means it. Move away all the superstars with action that's unrealistic, this Kalari expert in real life, Vidyut Jamwal, is here to stay; for long! Debutant director Dilip Ghosh makes immense use of Vidyut's skills in martial arts and gives Hindi cinema action like never seen before. There are death defying stunts executed with such precision and dare devilry that you get completely spell-bound by it.
However, one cannot speak of the same meticulous approach when it comes to scripting. Straight out of a '80s tripe plot of a hero saving the dame in distress, Dilip Ghosh doesn't bring about any innovation in the story. The romantic track of the female lead falling head over heels for the bravura of the hero has been done to death in the past.
But while Dilip lets his story suffer, he balances it with his technique. The cinematography of the film by Sejal Shah is exceptionally brilliant with the portions of the forest shot picturesquely. Same goes for the direction of action sequences and the way they are captured.
As for the action, the film rests heavily on the shoulders of Jaideep Ahlawat and Vidyut Jamwal. While the seasoned theater actor Jaideep, who showcased impressive histrionics in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur, clearly excels with his pure evil act. In the fight of good vs. evil, Vidyut Jamwal too delivers a crackling performance. The actor clearly stands tall as the desi counterpart of Sylvester Stallone from Rambo.
Pooja Chopra on the other hand gets bogged down by the task of performing like Kareena Kapoor from Jab We Met. Her overtly chirpy act doesn't leave any impact, although the actress does show potential for better roles.
To sum it up, Commando is a film that should be seen purely for its path-breaking action. As a story the film takes a beating.