Movie review: ‘Race 3’

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Race 3 Story: The Singh family comprises of Shamsher (Anil Kapoor) his step-son Sikandar (Salman Khan), twins Suraj (Saqib Saleem) and Sanjana (Daisy Shah). They run a business of illegal arms and trade with the help of their friend Yash (Bobby Deol). Things get dramatic when Jessica (Jacqueline Fernandez) meets Sikandar and the family ties are strained under each characters ulterior motives.

Race 3 Review:
The Race franchise is known for its hyper stylized characters and high octane action. These films have expensive cars and fancy set pieces, they have everything to please the average action movie buff and James Bond fans. ‘Race 3’ puts the pedal to the metal when it comes to making stylish statements. But as it zooms ahead in style, the substance is left behind in a cloud of dust.

This film is about a rich family dealing with a lot of double crossing and scheming, as you’d expect from a film of this franchise. The Singh family is executing a high stakes heist, where they have to steal a hard disk from a bank, so the setup looks like it’s going to have a lot of thrills and action. But the generous dose of action never translates into any serious thrills because the story of ‘Race 3’ is so flimsy. To say that the film has a wafer thin plot is an understatement. There’s absolutely no punch or drive in the script and as a result the story of the film just does not involve the viewer at all. The trailer of the film had sparked a bevy of social media attention and memes and sadly the film is full of laughable lines like, ‘Our business is our business, none of your business’. The dialogue is weak and just doesn’t let the viewer relate to any of the characters.
What redeems the tissue-thin plot is the larger-than-life action sequences. You have it all – car crashes, explosions, combats, cat-fights and wingsuit diving stunts. Yes, there’s lot of smoke and fire, but no real steam – in the story or the performances. Most of the action scenes are in slo-mo, meant to heighten the drama and thrill obviously, but it often ends to making the scene a tedious watch. The best directed parts of the film are the songs, which look like elaborately designed music videos. The movie is mounted on a lavish canvas, and shot on some beautiful locales, but none of that holds your attention for more than a few minutes. It’s a visual delight to see a range of super cars in action, glamorous girls throwing kicks and punches, and of course, fans will relish at the sight of Salman Khan and Bobby Deol ripping their shirts off to flaunt their well-greased and chiseled bodies.

There’s a star studded cast on offer so the fans will have plenty of moments to cheer for their favourite stars. Salman Khan leads the pack with the main role and while he’s great with the action and the style, the character has very little depth. Anil Kapoor plays the father figure of the Singh family with ease. Bobby Deol and Daisy Shah are at their stylish best too. Jacqueline Fernandez and Saqib Saleem look fantastic as well. ‘Race 3’ will work for Salman fans the most, as Bhai kicks and punches with gusto. His performance in the Heeriye and Allah duhai hai songs is worth a whistle and cheer too.

But for all its big moments, ‘Race 3’ just does not work up the feeling of suspense and intrigue that made the previous masala movies from the franchise a guilty pleasure. While the film wants to keep you guessing on who will finish the Race first, you are left wondering when you will reach the finish line.

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