Race3 Review

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Salman Khan’s latest thriller – Race3 released last week. Is it worth a watch or is it actually as bad as the critics say it is. Read our review to find out!

Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saquib Saleem, Daisy Shah, Sharat Saxena
Director: Remo Dsouza
Producers: Ramesh Taurani, Salma Khan
Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Duration: 159 mins
Genre: Thriller

The movie starts off with a prologue scene at an arms manufacturing base in Al-Shifah. Anil Kapoor makes a stylish & impactful entry. We are then told about the Singh family consisting the patriarch Shamsher Singh(Anil Kapoor) & his children Sikander(Salman Khan) & twins – Sanjana(Daisy Shah) & Suraj(Saqib Saleem). Sikander is Shamsher’s adopted son. Yash(Bobby Deol) is Sikander’s best friend & confidante. Sikander & the twins mother leaves 50% of her estate to Sikander & the reamining 50% to the twins. The twins are upset over being given 25% each, while Sikander alone is inheriting 50%. This leads to a vicious game between these three characters. Several attempts are made on Sikander’s life. Apart from these characters Jessica(Jacqueline Fernandes) is also part of the story.

The movie is an out & out Salman Khan film. It rests solely on his broad shoulders. Nof the supporting cast apart from Bobby Deol manage to make an impact
Jessica’s origins & motives are a complete mystery. None of the characters in the movie apart from Sikander are what they seem to be. All of them have hidden motives & their own secrets. Does Sikander manage to fend off the attacks on his life? Does he manage to win over his siblings or do they get killed in the end? Who exactly is Jessica & what are his motives? Will Yash betray Sikander? These are the questions which you will ask yourself when you watch the movie.

Anil Kapoor is not wasted in the movie unlike what some critics would want you to believe. He may not be in the thick of things, but does have a pivotal role. He is okay in his role as the family patriarch. His acting is not as impactful as one would hope. Daisy Shah & Saquib Saleem too are just okay. Jacqueline is eye candy but can’t shoulder a scene on her own. It is in fact Bobby Deol who manages to make an impact. The music of the film, including the background score is good. The direction & editing could have been better. The script of the film per se without the songs is good. The direction is not that great. But the film firmly rests on Salman Khan’s shoulders & he doesn’t disappoint. His dialogues & his charisma keeps you to glued to the screen. The several twists & turns keep the audiences intrigued & makes one forgive the bad editing. Some scenes will draw a lot of whistles at single screen theatres.

The movie franchise does have a good legacy. Both the previous movies garnered commercial & critical acclaim. This did evince a certain amount of interest in us for the film. The equity of the franchise coupled with Salman Khan’s charisma should have led to a memorable experience, but is let down by poor editing. The minute you find yourself invested in the movie a song totally derails the proceedings & breaks the rhythm. Barring two hit songs the rest of the songs should been edited. The screenplay too suffers due to this very reason. The casting too should have been better. Saqib Saleem & Daisy Shah don’t look as menacing as their characters demand. Despite being a Salman Khan film, the dialogues are not as memorable as his other films. The action scenes too are ordinary & nothing great, when compared to Wanted, Tiger Zinda Hai etc. Salman looks fat & needs to shed some weight. Remo Dsouza misses a golden opportunity.

The movie is not great, but is not that bad either. People who expect a Fast & Furious will be sorely disappoint. Fans of Salman Khan especially the masses won’t be disappointed. Salman’s charisma, two hit songs & good twists in the plot make it a one time watch. At the box office, the movie collections will drop in the 2nd week.

Our Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

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