Abbas Mastan’s Race 2 (sequel to 2008 hit Race) featuring Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone & Ameesha Patel has got released today across the country. Like the predecessor, ‘Race 2′ hasn’t won the hearts of too many critics, we must say, after looking at the reviews from reputed critics. Race was trashed by most of the critics at the time of its release in 2008 – but the movie went on to became a surprise hit. Hopefully Race 2 will follow the same path. The latest version of Race has more number of plot twists, better action and more skin show compared to the first one; a fact all the critics agree upon. But most of the reviewers stick with an average review given the movie has nothing much to offer, except the predictable ‘never-ending-twists’ plot and action.
After considering the reviews of 6 mainstream critics, Race 2 stands with a score of 5 out of 10 – hence strictly average. Take a look at the reviews below.
Race 2 Movie Details
Producer: Kumar S Taurani, Ramesh S Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel, Bipasha Basu, Sanjay Dutt
Release Date: 25 Jan 2013
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Race 2 Critics Reviews
|When the cast is all properly kitted out, it is made to carry out heists in sacred European churches ( the shroud of Turin, no less, of whatever significance that might be), shoot at each other, dance with elbows and pelvis out, spin roulette balls, and outwit each other. Oh yes, if it is an Abbas-Mustan flick, it must have songs-on-the-beach, and mustangs cantering, too. Or how else will it be called Race?
My favourite line from the film ( there are several, including Kapoor doing an Ajit, saying ‘good buoy’) comes from Jacqui’s bow-shaped mouth : men are many, but money is money. So profound, no?
And oh yes, all indications lead us to believe that there will be a third installment. Don’t say we didn’t warn you… Read Full Review Here
|Rubina A Khan
|John looks great, but when does he not? He enacts his part suitably well and makes up in wardrobe arena or lack thereof, in the fight sequences.
Deepika is stunning, like always, but more so in Anaita Shroff-Adajania styled clothes. Deepika and Saif share this hot streak on screen, and whatever films they do together, hit bulls-eye at the box office.
At some point in the film, Deepika says “I can recognize that money making expression anywhere” and to that I’d say, Abbas Mustan have a big money maker on their hands with Race 2… Read Full Review Here
|Abbas-Mustan make the right choice in retaining Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor in the sequel as the two add value to the film. While Saif Ali Khan not only set the screen on fire with his dashing looks, his act of a vengeful lover is also perfect. Anil Kapoor on the other hand forms the highlight of the film and is also the solo factor of many a laughs. His one-liners throughout the film have you in splits and its amazing how effortlessly he pulls of his character. The new entrants to the Race team don’t quite have that impact. John Abraham completely loses the steam the moment he opens his mouth. He may just have his act right but he falters completely in the acting department. Deepika Padukone does a fair job while Jacqueline completely gets wasted. The little said about Ameesha Patel, who plays RD’s sex-starved bimbette secretary, the better.
To sum it up, Race 2 has enough masala to satisfy the masses. The high octane action, glamour and grandeur cover up the flaws of the film… Read Full Review Here
|The private eye has a gloriously daft female assistant in the form of Ameesha Patel. The actress isn’t seen much these days on the screen. Just as well!
Istanbul generally looks great as a backdrop through the lens of Ravi Yadav’s camera and much of the film is rather easy on the eye. But when the cars and bloodthirsty men get in the way, they only serve to muck up the view.
As for the women on the screen (Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez), they strut around like wound-up automatons that are all decked-up but have nowhere to go.
Is Race 2 on your mind? Get rid of it pronto. 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… Read Full Review Here
Times Of India
|Heists, hot-babes, roulette, raging cars, gizmos and gags – Director duo, Abbas-Mustan have thrown in everything with pompous grandeur, save for a riveting plot that shocks or stuns. It focuses on superbly digitized Hollywood-esque actions scenes, racy chases and blow-ups (plus a ‘designer’ star-cast that salivates on style) – all of which, a visual treat – but it doesn’t make your heart race, really.
Wish they’d traded in their glitzy stilettos for running shoes and slick suits for a solid story. Then this race would still be in the run, we think.. Read Full Review Here
|Like the first part, the characters in RACE 2 have grey shades. Saif plays the elegant guy with poise, while John enacts his part with gusto. As a matter of fact, Saif and John lend so much zing to their respective parts that it’s difficult to decide who’s better. Deepika has the best scenes in the film. She looks stunning and immerses herself into her character completely. Jacqueline looks gorgeous too, but her character is sidelined after a point. Anil and Ameesha’s parts appear forced. Aditya Pancholi is proficient. Rajesh Khattar does well. Bipasha Basu is hardly there.
On the whole, RACE 2 has a rocking first half, glam and glitz, great looking men and women, spectacular locales, extravagant making, adrenaline pumping action and of course, a solid brand that’s gonna make moviegoers flock the cineplexes initially, but the film lacks the sustaining power thanks to its uneven second half. The writing isn’t watertight, the film lacks a hit score, the climax is far from effective and overall, RACE 2 pales in comparison to RACE… Read Full Review Here
Race 2 2013 Movie Still ft. John Abraham 01