Four years ago, in 2013, the Tauranis and Abbas-Mustan delivered a taut, enthralling thriller in RACE 2. The intricate plot, the serpentine twists and turns in the narrative, good looking men and women double crossing each other, the dazzling locations and the adrenaline pumping stunts and chases left an ineradicable impression on the heart and mind of the moviegoer. Besides, the super success of the film at the BO fuelled rumors that its sequel was on the cards.
The director Remo DSouza latest offering RACE 3, which packs glitz, glam and style with A-listers carries the baggage of tremendous expectations. The stars, the stunning locales, the breath-taking visuals, the mesmeric songs, the electrifying chase, the chic styling — everything you see on screen resembles an international flick.
In a nutshell, RACE 3 is a first-rate product all the way. It’s not just style, but there as substance as well. Writer Shiraz Ahmed story & screenplay has several moments that merit a mention. The best part is, the writing is full of energy and surprises, not once does it take the been-there-seen-that route. It would be foolhardy to single out a few sequences since the film gathers speed from its inception itself. One of its USPs is that every character is out to double cross the other, each character has grey shades and the dangerous games they indulge in make it an exhilarating cinematic experience.
Cinematography is Eye Catching. The stunning locales of Middle East are captured lucidly by the DoP. But, most importantly, the movement of the camera at several places deserves the highest praise. The action/chase sequences are top notch, with every stunt looking well choreographed. Music is Decent. Dialogues are Clap Worthy. Direction by Remo is Terrific.
Talking of performances, Salman Khan delivers a terrific performance yet again. Salman is the lifeline, the real treasure of Race 3. He sinks his teeth into the character and, in several sequences, peels off the mask of superstardom and brings the actor to the fore. Bobby Deol is Back with Bang. Anil Kapoor acts very well.
Jacqueline has the best scenes in the film. She looks stunning and immerses herself into her character completely. Daisy Shah looks gorgeous too, but her character is sidelined after a point. Saqib Saleem is decent.
On the whole, RACE 3 is a superb entertainer all the way. It’s not just style, it has substance as well. At the box-office, the tremendous hype coupled with the holidays in the opening week as well as the extensive release will ensure huge numbers in the initial week. But, most importantly, the film has legs to enjoy a spirited run at the box-office. Smash Hit!
Umair Sandhu Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐