Users Rating: [ratings] Critics Rating: Box Office: Hit
Owner Kabir (Dilip Tahil) was in depression as Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan) destroyed his fortune in the prequel. Today, Kabir’s son Armaan (John Abraham) vows to avenge his father’s misfortune. He befriends Ranvir but soon deploys his devious plans. Later he discovers that Ranvir killed his own brother Rajeev (Akshaye Khanna) and his fiancee Sophia (Katrina Kaif). He also finds that he is divorced to Sonia (Bipasha Basu). Initially he emerges victorious until Ranvir decides to hit back. The Race Begins Again!
RACE 2 takes off with a bang. Literally. The chase that ensues soon after the blast, the introduction of the key players in the second installment, the sub-plots, the volatile games, the twists and turns… Abbas-Mustan and Shiraz Ahmed are on the right track all through the first hour. As a matter of fact, the first hour is very well knit. Everyone seems to be a double crosser here; the men are crooks and the women, devious. Also, Abbas-Mustan make sure they astonish you at every step. The twists and turns keep you captivated. In fact, just when you think this would be the last twist, another one leaps from nowhere, catching you by complete surprise. There’s hardly any dull moment in this hour.
The post-interval portions start with gusto, but the writing isn’t foolproof. A few episodes are electrifying [John's combat with Typhoon is remarkable]. Also, the heist is well executed. But the director duo and writer should’ve packed a solid punch in this hour, especially in its concluding act. The finale, inside the aircraft, should’ve been spellbinding. It evokes mixed feelings. The back story between Sonia [Bipasha] and Malik [John] is missing. Why? Additionally, the Anil Kapoor-Ameesha Patel track doesn’t work. One doesn’t mind double entendres, but some of the lines between them are in poor taste, frankly.