Race 3: Mindless Entertainment
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
The first two installments in the Race franchise were all about style, characters with shades of grey, foreign locations, and fancy cars. It stood for ‘mass cinema’ shamelessly and without inhibition. But director Remo D’ Souza goes a bit too far in this third installment as he tries to honor his new entrant, Salman Khan by mixing up style and sanskar, a combination that is executed so badly, it’ll traumatize you for days to come. This is Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham meets Double Dhamaal. From the introduction scene to the overly dramatic dialogues, there is nothing even remotely tolerable about Race 3.
The Singh family, led by Shamsher Singh (Anil Kapoor) and accompanied by twins, Suraj (Saqib Salim) and Sanjana (Daisy Shah) and step-brother Sikander (Salman Khan) run an illegal arms trade business. One day, they plan a heist that involves stealing a hard-disk from a high-security Cambodian bank. If successful, the Singh family hopes to blackmail politicians who came to be involved in a prostitution ring. But when Sikander lays his eyes on the charming Jessica (Jacqueline Fernandez), all hell breaks loose and the whole family equation gets caught up in a web of appalling lies and shocking schemes.
When you step into a film like Race, you know that you will be spending your next three hours watching a template film. The first two installments had thin plots but the director duo Abbas-Mustan sprinkled it with just enough spice to make a few plot twists appear exciting. To put it simply, a film like Race is a guilty pleasure. You know it’s going to be mindless, but it is also a cheap-thrill to watch it. But Race 3 sinks down deeper and disappoints your already low expectations. Running for about two and a half hours, Race 3 drags on and on with its bland and boring screenplay.
The film is just plain old recycled entertainment. Throw in a few stale car chases, a couple of tiresome slow-motion shots and unbearably boring explosions and you have yourself a film that withers before you blink.
From the beginning till the end, Race 3 depends solely on Salman Khan. No matter how big or small, only he solves problems. But he has been doing the same stunts and antics for so long that it no longer excites you. From jumping from skyscrapers to going shirtless, he does more of the same time and again, making the film all the more predictable. The only thing even remotely different is that in this film, Bobby Deol goes shirtless too. But he is nowhere close to being considered as Salman’s competition. The film still follows the same ritual where the rest of cast members are dumbed down just so that the hero can appear mightier than thou.
To make this experience all the more torturous the audiences are forced to sit through cheesy and clichéd dialogues. For instance one of the characters actually say “Isse Dil Nahi, Dell Kholkay Dhikao” (Don’t show him your heart, show him your DELL). If you found this to be bearable what about when a character says “Our business is our business, none of your business”. To make matters worse, the team hints at a Race 4 towards the end. Hopefully, at least then, the director will make efforts to retain the original flavor of this franchise.
Salman Khan is his usual self. There is no way one can differentiate his character in this film from the other roles he has played. Anil Kapoor is as charming as ever but he is left under-utilized in the film. The leading ladies Daisy Shah and Jacqueline Fernandez are reduced to caricatures and Bobby Deol delivers a very forgettable performance.
Music director Salim Sulaiman’s music is shockingly sub-par. The songs are equally bad too. You don’t even remember the tracks long enough to hum them when you leave the cinema. The only noteworthy song in the film is ‘Selfish’. But this one too never comes close to a ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ from the first installment.
The cinematography is more of the same. It shows off the film’s chases and explosions. But it is safe to say that there is nothing innovative going on in the film’s visual storytelling.
On the whole, Race 3 is bland, boring and predictable. For your sanity, it is better if you sit this one out.