My Review of RACE 2
The first RACE was a fun film. A mish-mash of GOODBYE LOVER and WILD THINGS, the film relied heavily on star-power, sharp twists & turns anti-heroes, vamp-like heroines, some chart-busting songs and stunning visuals. RACE 2 promised to deliver much of the same and a lot more. So does RACE 2 live up to expectations? It’s not as tight as the first film in terms of pacing or character development, but makes it for it in glamour, sensuality, style and of course…..the twists, and is a welcome return for Director duo Abbas-Mustan after PLAYERS.
The plot? Without giving away too much, Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is back, this time with a new nemesis, Armaan Malik (John Abraham). Ranvir has only one goal, to make Armaan penniless and being him back to the streets where he started his career as a street fighter. Ranvir is joined again by the colorful and flamboyant Robert D’Costa (Anil Kapoor in another crowd-pleasing turn).
There’s also Armaans half sister Alina (Deepika Padukone) and his sizzling girlfriend Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez). So who’s back-stabbing who this time around?
Shiraz Ahmeds story and screenplay takes off directly from where the first part finished. The plot is lighter here than the first part, and it’s not really until the second half that the movie kicks in.
The heist part of the plot while visually dazzling, drags on a tad bit too long.
Saif Ali Khan fits into the anti-hero mould of Ranvir Singh with aplomb a second time round and secures him a franchise of sorts. He looks the part with his designer suits and rugged looks and this is a winning act from Saif.
John Abraham packs a punch in his part taking off from where Akshaye Khanna left off (though he can’t hold a candle to Khannas performance in HUMRAAZ or RACE). He looks the part o a street fighter, excels in the fight sequences and will no doubt have the female audiences swooning.
Deepika Padukone absolutely sizzles as a femme fatale seductress. Her body language, eye-movements right down to how she elegantly pulls off each of her designer dresses is kudos to the actress who slips into the grey character with ease.
Jacqueline Fernandez is smoking hot too! She leaves a strong mark in all her scenes, and dazzles the screen with her presence.
Amisha Patel is OK in her bimboish role and shares good chemistry with Anil Kapoor.
Anil Kapoor doesn’t look a day over 25, a whether it’s his naughty one-liners, wardrobe or character, Kapoor ensures D’Costa is a winner second time round.
The music of the film is just OK. The film is lacking that one absolute chart-busting song aside from ALLAH DUHAI HAI. Something like ZARRA ZARRA TOUCH ME is missing though I did like BE-INTEEHAN.
Abbas-Mustaan strike back after PLAYERS with a genre and area they know best. The world of treachery, betarayal, sex, style, sensuality, taut twists and gripping action scenes not to forget stunning locales and visuals.
RACE 2 isn’t necessarily a great film nor is it as good as the first part, however it delivers what it promises and is a fun watch in cinemas! Paisa Vasool! So the cast for Race 3…?
Prashant Harish Hari