Race 2 (2013) *MQ*

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Armaan Malik (John Abraham) is a criminal mastermind, who runs a successful business with the aid of his equally devious sister Elena (Deepika Padukone). When Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) approaches Armaan through Robert D’Costa (Anil Kapoor) with a lucrative offer, Armaan is curious as well as skeptical of his motives.

To further complicate matters, Ranveer seems to be getting close to Elena as well as Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez), who is Mallik’s moll. How these characters indulge in a game of betrayals and double-crosses to achieve their own objectives forms the rest of the plot.

RACE 2 takes off with a bang. Literally. The chase that ensues soon after the blast, the introduction of the key players in the second installment, the sub-plots, the volatile games, the twists and turns… Abbas-Mustan and Shiraz Ahmed are on the right track all through the first hour. As a matter of fact, the first hour is very well knit. Everyone seems to be a double crosser here; the men are crooks and the women, devious. Also, Abbas-Mustan make sure they astonish you at every step. The twists and turns keep you captivated. In fact, just when you think this would be the last twist, another one leaps from nowhere, catching you by complete surprise. There’s hardly any dull moment in this hour.

The post-interval portions start with gusto, but the writing isn’t foolproof. A few episodes are electrifying [John’s combat with Typhoon is remarkable]. Also, the heist is well executed. But the director duo and writer should’ve packed a solid punch in this hour, especially in its concluding act. The finale, inside the aircraft, should’ve been spellbinding. It evokes mixed feelings. The back story between Sonia [Bipasha] and Malik [John] is missing. Why? Additionally, the Anil Kapoor-Ameesha Patel track doesn’t work. One doesn’t mind double entendres, but some of the lines between them are in poor taste, frankly.

Without a doubt, the actors (both male and female) are eye-candy for the audience. Saif plays the anti-hero with élan, though in certain scenes, he seems to resemble his Agent Vinod avatar. John Abraham too looks good on screen but the beefcake still needs to brush up his acting skills and manage to not look so wooden. Anil Kapoor is the ultimate delight to watch…with his witty one-liners and his roguish charm, the ‘jhakaas’ actor will have everyone chuckling merrily. As far as the female brigade is concerned, the actresses don’t get to emote much but they do make up for it by looking utterly gorgeous. Deepika, Jacqueline and Ameesha provide enough ‘hotness’ to make the screen sizzle.

For a thrilling experience and some eye-candy fix, do go and watch the latest Abbas-Mustan flick.

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