Click here to read this commission hero review. After premiering over the Christmas and New Year, the second film of the Commission Breakthrough series is about to be released. In this film, titled Commission Hero, Tom Wheeler (Keanu Reeves) returns as the head honcho of an investigative agency. The previous film, The Informant! was directed by none other than Steven Soderbergh, and starred Mark Wahlberg and Nicholas Cage. Both films managed to bring the dark world of corruption and politics to the big screen, and although Commission Hero isn’t as well known as its predecessor it will surely be a hit with film critics and audiences everywhere.
Commission hero is a twist on the story that originated in the novel Think tank. In that novel a group of Ivy League academics were investigating a string of murders which they suspected were committed by terrorists. With the help of a reluctant police detective, they uncovered a plot that seemed to tie into the war on terror and the American Government in general. Now director Richard Curtis and writer Michael Connelly have managed to take that same concept and weave it into an action packed film, one that’s sure to be a box office hit.
The film starts with a very tense moment for Jake Shepherd (Reeves), the head of the investigative team. He discovers that his boss has ordered him to find and interrogate a terrorist suspect and without knowing much more he jumps in the car with his new partner. What starts out as an exciting and tense moment, rapidly deteriorates as Jake Shepherd is forced to contend with a hostile world. It becomes clear that this man has no idea how to lead, so he takes every task and opportunity offered to him, allowing himself to get distracted and become careless with his job.
Once at the site of the terrorist attack, Shepherd and his new partner discover a dead body. With a look of surprise and alarm, they see an armed and dangerous terrorist trying to kill them. The two cops are able to overpower and subdue the terrorist, putting Shepherd under pressure to take out his anger on his fellow officers. Things take their usual course and Jake Shepherd ends up getting himself killed protecting his colleague, stopping the terrorists from taking over the city.
Having been cast aside, Jake Shepherd now finds himself working with an ex-cop named Martin Bishop (Feige). Their initial meetings are of little interest to Shepherd, since he’s focused on getting back into shape after being away from the business for several years. One night, though, when Martin and Jake walk through a park, they overhear a murder committed by one of the terrorists. The killer had secretly been working as a hitman for the terrorists, who had secretly placed a hit on Jake Shepherd. The next day, Jake goes to Martin’s apartment and finds some evidence linking the hitman to the crime. Now, in order to save the city, he must work with the new police captain, John Hartley.
When it comes to action, the film has a few standout moments. The car chase, which involves Jake Shepherd following a truck full of Chinese weapons through a heavily guarded city, is thrilling to watch. Also good are the fight and chase between Jake and the hitman outside the bar, which leads the two men to shoot each other several times. Also good is the use of handheld guns and pistols, which were a staple of law enforcement in previous films. Overall, this is a fun film that leaves you craving a sequel.