Race - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A couple of not-so-unique yet brilliantly done action sequences and a few breathtaking aerial shots might make you want to watch in the theaters. But the acting, the merry-go-round plot twists, and the dialogues are barely average.

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Plot Summary

Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is a shrewd businessman who runs a stud farm and bets on races. Rajeev Singh (Akshaye Khanna) is his alcoholic brother who is basically a good-for-nothing. As fate would have it, problems come their way, and they find a unique way to resolve them.

What Worked

  • The car crash at the beginning was executed well - it deserved being shown twice. Paisa vasool for the producers?
  • Isn't it cool that amongst six good looking people, Anil Kapoor got the loudest cheers from the audience!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Anil Kapoor's voiceover introducing characters, story and ending it all. Its done way too many times now.
  • Slow motion reserved for Bipasha Basu. Why?
  • The non-creative transitions - looks like the crew involved was mentally exhausted by the time these had to be put in place.
  • The actors in the love scene seemed very awkward and uncomfortable - why do it when you don't want to?
  • Why was Katrina Kaif shown in close-up in the middle of golden beads in "zara zara"? It wasn't as if someone was imagining her to be in a dream sequence. It seemed more like an ad for some make-up product she was using.
  • Anil Kapoor's dubbing was off in the beach scene.
  • How come there are no wire transfers and insurance companies pay in cash?
  • !!!Real Spoiler!!! Someone tell me how Ranveer Singh ends up getting 200 million bucks?! Insurance was covered for 100 million, why would the insurance company pay 100 million extra just because there was one more death? - Update: Aditya points out that it was mentioned that they had a double indemnity bond. Better explained by him here. Thanks Aditya!
  • Was that last stunt a cheesy tribute to Speed?
  • Ok, the sequence in which the blue car goes on its side wheels - coo and all that. Why did it look like it was done digitally in post-production?

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Cheesy how they justified having an Indian investigating officer in South Africa. Would the same explanation go for the Indian doctor?
  • I think I caught someone driving on the right hand side in South Africa (towards the end of the movie), on one of those long winding roads. Anyone noticed that?