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Race 2 is the Dabangg 2 of thrillers. The action brings more 'laugh out loud's than wows. The twists make your tummy churn instead of making your grey cells work. And yet I have this tingling feeling that the film will do well commercially. Why? Just generally. Like my friend described it, "Watch it. Leave it."Read more
Didn't they exhaust all the twists and turns in Race? Apparently there is more revenge to be had, more exotic locations to be explored, more races to be begun and finished, more lame dialogue to be delivered and heard. But hey, no new music?
Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor return with John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jackquline Fernandes, and Ameesha Patel! Ameesha Patel? She is still around? Oh ofcourse, only as Anil Kapoor aka Karamchand's Kitty. That makes sense, fits in perfectly, in fact. I am hoping to get a couple of genuine laughs because of her.
The rest doesn't intrigue at all. But, we shall still watch in the hope that they go a little deeper in emotions or characterization.
- meeta, a part of the audience
If there is one thing we have learnt from Race it is that you trust no one. No one at all. And that doesn't change in Race 2. Characters make it to Abbas-Mustan's world only if they are conniving. Even the seemingly annoying and trying-to-play-dumb Cherry (Ameesha Patel) is sly in her own way, within her context. This world would have passed of as decent fiction, if only the contrived twists in the tale weren't unending.
Each character getting a chance to smirk, "I knew it. You thought you fooled me?" or "I had planted this ploy to put you off-track." gets tiring. If everyone knows everything, what are we watching the film for? To figure out who knows less? The one-upmanship can keep you intrigued only for so long. Can there be a limit to this when one villain claims everything owned by the other villain to be his, because a profit of 5 billion Euros is not good enough? Even in relative terms, that 5 billion is a 33% profit in 2 days! Fine, I shall control the Chartered Accountant in me.
Hey, each of the lead characters look like a million bucks. Or make that a few billion. While I can rant and rage about how awfully distasteful the objectification of women is here, and it is loathsome to say the least, I have to admit that gender equality is maintained in the objectification. John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan are bare-chested long enough. And while the others have to just look like they have an alternate plan of double-crossing on their mind, John Abraham does manage to create that extra amount of scare, for he makes the character he plays, Armaan Malik, look like he'll stop at nothing.
If only there was some oomph added in terms of good, memorable dialogue or if the characters were given a little more depth, it would have given something for people like me to chew on. Unpredictability which seems like it exists only to increase the run-time of the film, hasn't done its job well.
The chase sequences, the fight (boxing) sequences, the scenic beauty of various exotic locations are all captured very well - right from the close-up of a scorpion to the scorpion shaped party deck to the aqueduct to the mountainous beauty of Europe. But, what's with the shoddy graphics work? From the bullet that leaves a sniper's gun to the airplane in the sky - all one botched up job after another.
Unfortunately, there is no X-factor in the songs either. They just all look the same - not just to each other in the film, but across films of this genre which carry glitter, glamour and gleam with pride. No novelty whatsoever.
Beautiful looking people with twisted minds. Beautiful locations with crime and more crime. Yet, the potentially beautiful duality gets repetitive and tedious. And as if you hadn't guessed it already, the director duo have given themselves scope to fix it at the third go. Yes, I know not why, but I still hope. Maybe because I hope that some day Saif Ali Khan or Anil Kapoor will wake up from their stupor and will want to deliver quality products they are capable of producing.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...Heavy reliance on CG is also telling, but here the CG still seemed rather cartoony, which suited the hyper-reality style of the world that the characters in Race exists in. ... full review
So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...here’s a bit of mindless fun to be had with Race 2, but for the most part it is such an unimaginative replication of Race 1 that it’s hard not to feel taken for granted as a viewer.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...both John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan act tough but Saif is a clear winner here getting a better role in the script. They both get full marks for their style, physique and charisma but sadly the unconvincing twists and turns in the script don’t let their characters impress the viewer... full review
So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Though Anil Kapoor has a charm about him, it doesn’t suit him when he says stuff like “Cherry, I can’t pop your cherry.” All his lines are hugely sexist and vulgar and so not funny.... full review
So-So, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ...Since I didn’t exactly expect something better than the first film, I was perfectly placed to not have my head exploding by the end of it. No, it doesn’t match up to the first but who cares?!... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...‘Race 2’ does not have great songs like ‘Race’ but still music director Pritam has managed to give some decent scores like ‘Beinteha’ and ‘Party on my mind’. ... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine : ...What the film still succeeds in doing is keep your attention alive right through it’s narrative and not quite turning into a boring outing, even in the second half.... full review
So-So, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ...The action is hi-voltage and the narrative zips along at a cracking pace but the zing that keeps a good thriller going is missing. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ... Elena cheats in card games with the aid of microchip-enhanced sunglasses, though everyone knows that the real reason for the appearance of this accessory is so that Ranveer can inspect it and park it in its rightful place, in the midst of her décolletage.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice : ...Both Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham largely carry the weight of this film on their shoulders. They did a very good job in essentially keeping the film alive for everyone. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life : ...even though we are partly satisfied that we finally managed to deduce what Race 2 is all about, there are still a lot of things we just couldn’t digest... full review
Thumbs down, Buzz in Town : ...Drowned in a cacophony of one offkey song after another, wallowing in their one-note wickedness and getting high on their endless bouts of drinking, partying and masquerading , the characters in "Race 2" are a laugh. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The plot is the usual Abbas Mustan maze of scheming, double crossing, bombastic dialogue maaroing and some steamy stuff, though much less than in Race. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ... don't think you ought to know what the plot is because it doesn't matter. what matters is, are the twists being thrown at you at a frantic speed? and are they good enough?. the answer is NO!... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...It also educates us on the Shroud of Turin, a sacred artefact that, as Aditya Pancholi points out, even Hollywood movies haven’t dared to steal––is he perhaps suggesting that all global thieves use Hollywood heists as their sacred template?... full review
Thumbs down, by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost : ...If you’re still giving the story any benefit of doubt, a fight sequence that takes place mid-air, between broken aircraft windows and open airplane doors will make you wish you’d never admitted to wanting to make sense of things.... full review
Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...However, Saif’s cold and clean industrialist is still worth watching out for. He cuts the correct figure, even though he dances uncomfortably, looking a bit embarrassed doing what he is asked to.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...it would be interesting to play Race and Race 2 side by side on two adjacent screens, to check out if twists are introduced in the story at exactly the same points of the runtime.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...'Race 2' looks exactly like 'Race'. Which may have been intentional because plush locations and pretty playthings and buff men are very much Abbas Mustan trademarks. But all it does is cause a dismally same-same feeling.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The brawny John Abraham (replacing the relatively scrawny Akshaye Khanna of the earlier film) ensures that the sequel has a markedly higher beefcake and testosterone quotient. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...This might have been a stylish film ten years ago, but the world and Bollywood has moved on. Blowing up cars and robbing banks are passe.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...From this point, we arrive at an indefinite loop in the flowchart that helps us to end the film wherever we want and set it up for the sequel. The loop goes thus: A: I have a plan. We con X (X keeps changing). B: Cool. Shake hands. C: Yummy! *Insert fruit based innuendo*... full review
Zainnn: Race 2 was good. Not great but good. John Abraham definitely made enjoyable though. Effects sucked. Original Race was tons better.
Z_J_14: Just watched race 2 and @deepikapadukone looked beautiful throughout the movie! #greatactor #amazingfilm
yashwan72206740: race 2 is very nice .......................
YaaBBoy: Race 2 is a fucking amazing movie
xomayyxo: race 2 is the bestmovieever
xMizzyx: Could watch race 2 agen!!
xitsMudblood: RACE 2 IS PERFECTION OH MY GOD HOW CAN THEY SHOVE TWO SEX GODS INTO ONE MOVIE AND GIVE THEM BADASSES ROLES
was7868: Race 2 #onetowatch
tweetfrommukul: Race 2 mast movie h yar.
Timluranjha: Race 2 is an amazing movie to watch. Loved it. Deepika and john were totally outstanding. @FRAZASAD
Thezain777: Race 2 nice movie ;)
Tazninxo: Race 2 was actually quite good, I'm such a freshy but still.
Talha34: Race 2 was nice
T_z_T: That was a good movie. If y'all watch Bollywood watch Race 2 it was pretty good for the most part lol
syamalar1: Race 2 in inox again
StarRadha: Race 2 a fascinating movie
srkaaby: Omgosh whattay night..! Watched race 2 fun movie...! And after that what shit happened was horrible ya allah!
SimritaKaurrr: You know how the sequels to the first film are never good but just omg man Race 2 omg, fully hyped for race 3 YEAAAAAAH BOYYYYYYY
SimiSekhon123: Watched race 2 was AMAZING !!!!!!
Shubhpreet94: Just watched Race 2 #GoodFilm
shree8083108763: watched race -2 ...nightshow 10;30pm to 1:30... new xperince to my life....it was awesm tym i spent wid my frnds !!!!!!nice movie...!!!!
sharanpanesar: Just watched race 2 ... Just as amazing as the first one :)
shankyrathore07: Race 2--- mjhe to teri lat lag gyi........wat n awsm muvi.:) http://twitter.com/shankyrathore07/status/295598387284299776/photo/1
ShahzebKayani: weekend ka maza puura ogaya with race 2 :P kamaal thiii yarrr kOMAL
SayedaSajan: #FavouriteMovies Student Of The Year. Cocktail. Kuch kuch hota hai. Kal ho na ho. Race 2. Om Shanti Om. Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge. ❤
Sarahiouslyy: “@Momo118118: Race 2 is the best film I've seen in a long time” @SSafya pap pap
Sarahh700: RACE 2 WAS AMAZING
Saniabiebez: OMG RACE 2 was so perfect
SalmanKhanTimes: Race 2 The stylish direction, asweome music, twist-after-twist, & Saif Ali Khan As Always A RockStar !Go For It
SaleemAsim: OK! So Race 2 was AWEEESOMMMEEEE
SaffRazak: Race 2 amaazinggg filmmmmmmmmm!!! Saiff ali khann aii haiiiiii ♥♥hehehehehheehehehheheehehehhehehehehehe!!!
Sabaaaaaa1: Race 2 was gooooood! xoxo
Rupeshromi: Race 2 is Awesome movie..... must watch....
Rmalhotra02: #Race 2- A treat to watch, Class at its Best..Respect to #Saif n team..
RahulOfficial: Race 2 was an awesome movie. "Revenge is best served cold "
Rahisha_Jinnah: Race 2 was good... loved the cars =D
RaheemHanif: Race 2 is so confusing but a good film never the less. Credit where credit it due.
pramod012: Padukone the sexiest bollywood actress, Race 2.. Worth d money.. ;)
Pawaahhhhh: Race 2 movie last night was superb awesome. Five star for you! Xoxo
pakigarl: Race 2 was amazing! Had Beautifull evening today day to remember thanks to bro :)x
NurRuhainies: I swear RACE 2 was super awesome!!!! :D
NitishSirohi: Have seen race 2, really good. a must watch...
nishughetiya: awesome movie race-2
navyou111: Race 2 was pretty good, but a lacklustre finale kinda ruined it. 3.5/5.
muaax000: Race 2 amazing ...awesome movie...ye race mari ha ur main he is ka purana khilari...
mrugzdesai: Race 2 was amazing!
Momo118118: Race 2 is the best film I've seen in a long time
MoiezSmurfy: Rating Race 2 7/10 #Bollywood
mohnaniraja: Race-2 Review: star rating (3.5/5) i just loved every part of it......! Race is a total masala movie. It has... https://www.facebook.com/rajendra.mohnani/posts/10151372512164674
MizzRaabia: Race 2 was so good.. be inteha <3
MissSannaZahid: Race 2 .. Another top film!
MishTweetit: Race 2! #nice #movie #fun #cool #nice #happy #great #time
MidnightLover22: Race 2 was worth the wait loved it!
MeghaaShah: Can I like go watch race 2 again?! Ohh have the dvd already?!
MaryamAli12345: K. You all need toooooo go watch race 2 . It's amazing
Maninder_234: People should watch Race 2 its better than the first one!!
MalaikaWasHere: Okay race 2 was literally the best MOVIE EVER!
Maazb_10: Saif Ali Khan is such a badass in Race 2!!! #amovietowatch
luvneha: Race 2 superb movie
loveeSAK: Race 2 was so good!
LeDANAH: Race 2 was amazing!!!
Kirann09: Race 2 is such a good movie!
Khan_Sara_: I saw race 2 and i loved it! especially Saif and deepika!
KelvinPereira48: Race 2 an awesome action thriller movie .........:)deepika makes movie more hotter to be watched
Karixx98: Race 2<3
karishmaaad: Race 2 is soooo good! Saif and John look so hot ❤
JustBeingMe__: RACE 2 IS AN AMAZING FILM <3
jeelpatel17: Guyz race-2 just owsm moVie....too stylist john/saif boTh r greAt DipiKa nO:worLd® must watch moVie
JavedSafia: Just seen Race 2.. Dragged abit at the end but it was good
jasslail: Two must see brown movie of the year race 2 and tu mera 22 main Tera 22 #brownlife #Bollywood #Fob
jasilasyed: Race 2 was okay I would rate 7/10 for that movie. John Abraham was epicly hawt and Anil Kapoor with his best sarcasm. Good movie tho.
irfuuuuuu: Race 2 was good
imrankhan180294: Watched race 2 today. Was pretty good and hilarious lol :)
hushna95: RACE 2 ★★★★☆ #amazingfilm
humziii: Race 2 was one amazing movie!!
hira_asim: RACE 2. Amazing movie.
heena_bali: today's plan: finish all my hmwk then watch Race 2 again
haseeb6220: Race 2 was good :)
harleendhadli: Race 2 was soo good! #lovee
Furqhan94: Race 2 is a great movie #saifalikhan #wouldwatchitagain
FjFawaz: RACE 2 <3
FathimaChocpie: I enjoyed race 2 quite nice
evensingh: osm movie race 2 Srs Cinema Omaxe Mall Patiala
dm882: Nice moovi deepika ji race 2
Dj_Ashan: Race 2 rockz. Awesome movie.
dhanno_13: Race 2 is soooooo good plus John's sexy body is just a bonus!(; http://twitter.com/dhanno_13/status/295724503613444096/photo/1
Deeha_04: Race 2 is actually amazing.
BipashaPriyanka: Race 2 was actually good! The fact that it was all about Bipasha made it that way ;)
belani_gaurav: Race 2 is nice movies johan was rocks good movie must watch
Azainusman: Watched Race 2 and loving it. :D
asam_786: Race 2 was wicked enjoyed it
ArslanDelawalla: Race 2 is probably the best sequel to an Indian movie so far.
ArshiLoverNo1: watched race 2 and it was confusing but a good movie. lot of deceiving but i would say watch it xx... john luks soo fit
ariezriez: ✌ thumbs up for Hindi movie... #RACE 2 Kereeen abisss!!!!
arabfaizan: If you can't speak hindi i sitll advice you to watch RACE 2.
Ankitaa69: OK RACE 2 WAS AMAZING
ankit_rapchik: Race 2: * * * *
angelnafs: Race 2 was sooo good and Saif was just amazing!!!!
aman_8558: Race 2 is the best movie ever
AliZaibAhmad: Race 2 is a good acton good movie.... But plaza cinema is not good enough....
AlishaaM_: Race 2 was actually the best indian movie i've seen in aaages!
AkshayBhagia: Race 2...amazing movie luved it ♥
4everbiebslove: Race 2 ❤ best movie ever
29Future: Race 2 was amazing :) need to watch it back :D
_JazzSingh: Watched Race 2! Recommend it to everyone who loves bollywood!!
Smiley_Bhayee: Race 2 was okayyy, kinda expected more from it tho D:
shravannamburi: Race 2 not bad
sayansurroy: Watched RACE 2... very average movie..
ninja_talli: RACE 2 - Utter crap filled movie yet enjoyable! Now that is a first!
melvinray99: Race 2 storyline was gud , action all was fucking Cartoon , but the girls was Sexyy .......
Lost_My_Handle: Haven't heard any good reviews about Race 2 but you can watch it for Saif and Deepika :')
ItsTechboy: Race 2 Review - 2.5/5
hsjani: Watched Race 2 today. Its a good movie has a lot of twists and turns but still could have been better. #Race2
ChitraChaudhuri: Race 2 wasn't racy enough. :) But would give full marks to all actors, good effort there.
Aqss_k: Race 2 is a alright filmmm, first ones better
vineetshah22: Race 2.. saif's personality n deepikaz killer looks.. nothin else to like for..
tweeslam: Done with Race-2. Dissapointed. I could guess every twists in the movie
thisguy2shar: Race 2 gave me a headache
takswasti: Race 2.. U know what.. Just shoot me
synapsewitshrut: Race 2 made IQ levels drop down to minus. I want those 2 and half hours of my life back. #paisawaste
SomyaVashishtha: Race 1 spoiled Race 2 even before it was made..too many twists doesn't work a 2nd tym..glam sham is full on though :-P
sohhh_3: Race 2 sickest movieeeeee
SnehaNKeni: Race 2.. A bigggggg yaaaawwwwnnnnnnnn
smeeteminem: Race 2 is one of the reason i dont watch bollywood movies #boo
Shweta_Pundhir: One word #review for Race 2.. TATTI..
SaraanKaur: Race 2 is the stupidest movie ever.
sameersama: Dear Lord, Please Forgive me as I have Sinned. I just saw Race 2. :(
NSOperation: I just payed 250 bucks to smell my own fart. Yes. I watched race 2.
naveenngar05: Fuck the race 2.. they made us chutiya with suspense.. Abbas mustan need to be dainted n painted. .
naik_raish: My 12yr brother does better animation then the Race 2 animations.
naidniyxes: Race 2 was horrible.
MissKhushhRazaq: We watched Race 2, and cringed through every single second of cliche after cliche.
meenal_a: Race 2.. Horrible film!
Mamsky123: Race 2 was sick!
killerkishore: The build up to the 2nd part of Race 2 raised great expectations. But, alas it couldn't match the standard of the first one.
KhawerJadoon: Race 2 Sucks
kd_jk91: I always valued n respected money. But nw I will respect it more after spending on a Race 2 ticket.
karthidcrazy: every action has a reaction action:went to watch Race 2(i know seriouslly!!!) reaction: down with headache(again seriously!!!)
kaai_khan: Race 2 is actually a sick movie negl
j4m4l27: Race 2 was sikkk
iSp3ctrum: Race 2 is a Bakwass Tareen movie..
ikissibite: And even if you haven't watched abbas-mustan's hamraaz, naqaab and ajnabee..still don't go for race 2!
Harry_Soler: Race 2 was sick!
Harris7_Y: Race 2 is sick!
Frankestein_boy: The only good thing of Race 2 apart from the sexy ladies & location is that it's better than Dabbang 2
fatema_ksuri: Race 2 #Crap.But Loved #LatLagGaye.
FalakShabir1: RACE 2 sucks !
Faiisalmo: Race 2 bad movie
dhruvsalunke07: Race 2 is a brilliant movie about how to loose ₹ 250 in 2.5 hours..!
Co0ki3_M0nsterr: race 2 was a sick moviiee.
bummiiie: #ImSoSickOf Race 2
awesumstranger: How on earth did people Like Race 2 ?? :O HOW ? :O I don't know how I survived those 2 hours -.-
AT11386: So I saw Race 2 last night..am I the only one wanting to shoot myself? The only reason I could bear it is coz of the good looking people
arjun230489: Saw Race 2 with much expectations.... :(
ali_mufc10: Race 2 was horrible. Disrespect for Abbas-Mustan #bigtime
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