Race 2 – Movie Review, Details

race 2-still-showbizbitesBy Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic –  Showbiz Bites

Producer: Tips Music Films

Director: Abbas-Mustan

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandez

Music: Pritam

Rating: 2.5/5

After a big wait, the second installment of Race has eventually hit the screens today all over. Race 2, the sequel to the successful 2008’s Race, is out in theaters. The suspense-thriller with high octane of action by the ace filmmakers Abbas-Mustan brings in some new entrants in the flick like John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandez. From the previous installment, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu are seen on board.

Tips Music Films and directors’ duo Abbas-Mustan had delivered a superb, well-executed, lavish with international feel and international standard action sequences suspense thriller Race in 2008. The film worked big time at the box office producing magnificent business at ticket window. But this time around, the team has not produced a quality product to allure the viewers who were expecting too much from the sequel.

The sequel ‘Race 2’ was being awaited with gigantic expectations and the viewers were certain for the catchy and attention-grabbing content to watch on screen, but they had to disappoint since the franchise could not be carried forward in apt manner.

Race was filled with high dose of action, adrenaline pumping stunts, eye-catchy locations, characters double crossing each other, attention-fetching story, well-written script, suave characters and well-executed chases. But Race 2 lacks in many things in comparison of its first installment.

Sequels have to outshine the first installments and often we find in Hindi cinema industry that they hardly cross the level of their originals. The same is the case with Race 2 which is not up to the mark of its original.

Race 2 is undoubtedly stylish with international look and feel. The stunts and action are adrenaline rushing but the movie lacks in writing portion that is not watertight. The first half of the film is engaging and super alluring –you hardly can take your eyes off but the second half is what losses the attention and drops the movie’s worth altogether. The first half of the film focuses on revenge whereas the post interval portion talks about the heist.

The film begins with where the first installment (Race) got finished off. Ranveer (Saif Ali Khan) is on way to take revenge of his fiancée Sonia’s (Bipasha Basu) death and for this, he lands into Turkey where he stumbles upon a number of new people (John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone and Ameesha Patel). He also meets those whom he had bumped into earlier like Anil Kapoor.

The first half of Race 2 has all the ingredients to entice the souls such as action sequences, chases, twists, double crossing and characters. The writer and director both do their job skillfully by grabbing the attention of the viewers getting them glued to the screens. The twists and turns are what make you open your eyes with suspense as to what will happen next. The characters look suave and eye-catchy. You hardly find any lackluster moment in the first half of the film. But the second half carries many flaws and majority of them are in writing portion. Sonia and Malik’s back story is missing that surprises you. The Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel track looks really forced.

Shiraz Ahmed on writing job disappoints for second half. Abbas-Mustan execute the film brilliantly. They intact the suspense element in abundance right throughout the film. Cinemotogrpahy by Ravi Yadav is eye-pleasing and magical. The international look and feel is placed with high dose that mesmerizes the filmgoers. Kiran Kotrial’s dialogues are wonderful. Editing by Hussain Burmawala is splendid. Visual effects used in the movie are classy. Pritam’s soundtrack is pleasing and the tracks like Party on My Mind and Be Intihaan are catchy.

Saif Ali Khan does full justice with the character. He looks suave and delivers the goods brilliantly. John Abraham is first rate enacting his part with gusto and brilliance. Deepika Padukone looks stylish and appears to be classy actress. Jacqueline Fernandez does fine. Bipasha Basu is hardly there in the film. Anil Kapoor is okay. Ameesha Patel is average. Rest of the cast is just about okay.

Final Verdict:

Race 2 is attention-fetching and brilliant in first half with full dose of glamour, action, stunts and eye-pleasingly magical locales, but disappoints in second half with mundane script. Read our Race 2 box office collection report (the updated report about the film’s business).


Movie Details:

Race 2 movie review, the audiences have started getting crazy for since the sequel is pulling the socks up to appear on screens. Race 2, a film by the directors’ duo Abbas-Mustan, is all geared up to hit the screens all over on January 25th, 2013. Abbas-Mustan, who are famous for churning out action packed suspense thrillers, come up once again with an action-packed suspense saga that comprises the star cast ranging from Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel, Jacquline Fernandez, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu. Such a big star cast, the movie has it and this is the reason, it is getting popular before the release. And because of this, the action-packed thriller is in demand and Race 2 review is being awaited hugely.

Race 2 is the sequel to the 2008 hit film ‘Race’ made by Abbas-Mustan. Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor reprise their roles playing Ranveer Singh and Robert D’Costa. John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel and Jacqulien Fernandez have been roped in the sequel. They are the new additions to the cast. Bipasha Basu plays the same role Sonia in a special guest appearance.

race2-deepika-showbizbitesThe film is the production of Tips Music Films. Ramesh S. Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddhart Roy Kapur have produced the film whereas the movie has been scripted by Shiraz Ahmad. Music has been scored by Pritam. The songs have already started making waves on the music charts. Party on My Mind is the pick of the lot.

Race 2 Hindi movie review is what the crazy viewers desperately seek but they still have to wait for the release.

Made with the whopping budget of 87 crore (Indian Rupees) which are equivalent to US$15.83 million, Race 2 is the year’s biggest movie which is anxiously being awaited by the viewers.


Deepika Padukone left the movie after filming for few scenes for the movie since she reportedly got a big opportunity to star in some Hollywood film. The issue created between the producer Ramesh Tauarni and Deepika Padukone that turned viral in the media. The battle reportedly turned legal and Deepika eventually had to return since she had signed the contract for the film.

race2-saif-deepika-showbizbitesNargis Fakhri was also offered a role in the film but she declined the offer due to some unknown reasons.

Well, the fact remains that movie review Race 2 will be a big treat for the audiences as the craze for the film is apparently quite high among them. Let’s fasten the belts to read the Race 2 movie review at this place on January 25th. Race driver 2 Saif Ali Khan could allure you full.

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