Movie Review: Race 2 (2013)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Watch it only if you are a fan of Abbas Mustan.Else, run far from Race 2. “
3.5 “Tightly done action sequences, lots of glamour and one liners that cater to the classes and the masses is what makes Race 2 worth a watch.”
3.0 ” For a thrilling experience and some eye-candy fix, do go and watch the latest Abbas-Mustan flick.”
3.0 “Heists, hot-babes, roulette, raging cars, gizmos and gags – Director duo, Abbas-Mustan have thrown in everything with pompous grandeur.”
Times Of Inida
3.0 “RACE 2 is far better than RACE. Let’s hope RACE 3 does not take five years to come.”
3.0 “The high octane action, glamour and grandeur cover up the flaws of Race 2. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “RACE 2 pales in comparison to RACE.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.5 “Race 2 is all about show-offs, wannabes and a few gorgeous sidekicks. Hence, it’s definitely worth giving a miss.”
One Inida
2.5 “The film is defined by its well defined and crazy action sequences – and a lot of it.”
Zee News
2.5 “Directors Abbas-Mustan are on familiar territory – they have mastered the “art” of making really expensive, really mediocre films.”
2.5 “A patchy script wholly banks on its stylish cast and a more stylish treatment.”
2.5 “Watch it only if you are a fan of Abbas Mustan. Else, run far from Race 2.”
2.5 “It’s the cinematic equivalent of a trashy novel but seldom bores you.”
IBN Live
2.5 “The film has no intellectual pretensions; its only ambition is to offer a good time. In that, it mostly succeeds.”
Rajeev Masand
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Don’t even try to reason out the characters’ motivation in Race 2.”
DNA India
2.0 “Race 2 is a bimbo film, all horsepower, no brainpower.”
2.0 “Race 2 is another case of style overpowering substance.”
1.5 “This is a wreck of a movie strictly for action junkies who might be looking for a feverish two-and-a-half-hour ride that is far more giddy than heady.”
NDTV Movies
1.5 “If Abbas-Mustan’s thrillers still excite you, then you’ll definitely like Race 2.”
1.5 “Race 2 looks exactly like Race.”
Indian Express
1.5 “Just don’t re-check your IQ when you step out of the hall.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.5 “Slow and unsteady doesn’t win this race.”
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