Race 3: Lacks Horsepower

Race 3: Lacks Horsepower

The much talked about movie of the season Race 3 has finally hit the screens. With Salman Khan in the crew, the film did garner immense popularity, but not without some disappointing talks regarding Saif Ali Khan’s non-presence and removal of the Race franchisee director duo Abbas-Mastan. The re-entry of Bobby Deol and the much famous Daisy Shah’s “Our Business…” dialogue are the other pointers which marked its presence on social media. Does Race 3 crosses the line with aplomb?

Shamsher Singh’s (Anil Kapoor) family consists of his twin kids Sanjana (Daisy Shah) and Suraj (Saqib Saleem), his adopted child Sikander (Salman Khan) and their all-time bodyguard member Yash (Bobby Deol). Shamsher Singh is often targeted by his enemy Rana (Freddy Daruwala) and in come Sikander and crew to fight against the odds.

Within the external tussles, an internal tussle rages between the twins and Sikander. In between all these, Sikander loves Jessica (Jacqueline Fernandes) but she gets into a relationship with Yash. Things seem to go haywire but a secret hard disk containing politicians’ sexual flings brings the family together. Shamsher gets a big cash deal to catch hold the hard disk which is placed at a high security locker storage.

Sikander and team join to accomplish the task but will they succeed in doing so? Are there twists written in their journey? Do the twins win over Sikander? Does Yash have a role to play in the family issue? Answers to the above will be found during the penultimate scenes of the movie.

Race 3 moves not an inch in the entire first half. The screenplay is so bland that apart from few songs and exotic locales, you wouldn’t find anything interesting in the first one hour. The second half tries hard to pull your interest towards the film but it hardly manages to do so. The brand value of Race has been declining with each of its installments.

Salman Khan’s charisma delivers itself in the action episodes. He has sung a song (I Found Love) and has also written lyrics for “Selfish”. He tries to save the film with his antics but unfortunately there is nothing much in it. Bobby Deol’s makeover is good but his role isn’t etched properly. Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem try their best to fit into their characters. Anil Kapoor delivers the best performance out of the lot.

There is an ensemble cast behind the music and they have done their job well, with “I Found Love” being the pick of the songs. Remo D’Souza falters big time with Race 3. He misses a golden chance to bring the best out of this project. He had the hit franchisee and a top star like Salman Khan with him, but all in vain. There are twists which wouldn’t entice you, and there is gloss which doesn’t shine. There is action which keeps you glued but it ends bland.

Race 3 does have some engaging moments but the lack of content hinders it big time. One cannot expect wonders with such wafer-thin plot. This Race has very minimal horsepower to reach the finish line. You can watch it if you are a Salman Khan fan but this one doesn’t even look like a Salman Khan film. You wouldn’t be bored watching it but with the history of the franchisee and the star that it has, Race 3 seems very mild.

Rating: 2/5

Review by Sandy (Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu)





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