Franchises, sequels and prequels are the norm in Hollywood. Nearly every installment of the super-hero franchises makes tonnes of money, and this is what must have attracted Bollywood to the idea of a sequel. If Yash Raj have their Dhoom series, the Bhatts have their Jisms, Jannats, Murders and Raazes, and meanwhile, Ekta Kapoor is making Ragini MMS 2. Abbas-Mustan, the director duo, who are known to copy all their plots from Hollywood, must've felt left out, and therefore, we have Race 2.
was watchable, thanks to some good songs, and the novelty of the locales and cars. How we wish we could say the same about Race 2.
Race 2 has six main characters - Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan), Armaan Mallik (John Abraham), RD (Anil Kapoor), Alina (Deepika Padukone), Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandes) and Cherry (Amisha Patel). The story revolves around a heist and a game of one-upmanship between these characters. One can never be sure of the loyalties of any of the characters, and no one can be trusted. This game is then stretched over the next two and half hours.
The one thing constant in Abbas-Mustan's movies is that there are "twists". We are pretty sure that a typical scripting session between the brothers consists of this - writing for around 15 minutes, one of the brothers shouting out "TWIST!" and adding a twist, and then both high-fiving each other and continuing scripting for the next fifteen minutes, then the other brother shouting out "TWIST!", and so on and so forth, until their hands are raw from high-fiving, after which they probably shout out "CLIMAX!" together.
All this is good if any of the twists actually have some shock value, but in Race 2, they are all so predictable that anyone who cannot see them coming deserves to watch the movie, and probably Race 3, too (if the ending was a subtle hint - with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer coming down on an egg).
This time, when they reached the sets of Race 2, they must have also realized that they had not written any lines for Anil Kapoor and Amisha Patel, after which they seem to have asked some hapless teenage assistant to come up with a few dialogues. The assistant then immediately probably Googled "cheesy and sleazy" or something to that effect, and wrote down all the search results and handed the paper over to the actors, as a result of which we have Anil Kapoor actually telling Amisha Patel that he "does not have time to pop her cherry".
Abbas-Mustan have made similar movies for so long that this time, the audiences were not even amusing themselves trying to predict a twist - it seemed inevitable that one comes in every few minutes.
Saif Ali Khan has two hairstyles in the movie, and if you observe carefully, he looks bald in both. Actually, the hairstyles tell us what kind of a scene is going on: hair falling to the sides, trying to cover the runways - romantic scene; hair slickly pushed back letting the bald patches show - serious plotter scene.
John Abraham looks and acts like a piece of beef. Anil Kapoor should stop, seriously, stop. Some of the lines he is given in this movie are extremely cheap, and unless he wants to be remembered by these roles, he should just walk away gracefully.
The women show off a lot of skin, and very little acting skills. Deepika Padukone sure deserves a mention, for showing more skin than the others.
The music is functional, with the costumes of the heroines ensuring that very little attention is paid to the actual music anyway. The songs are all lessons in rhyme, with lines that end with "shoes", "loose" and "booze"; "breeze", "tease" and "seize"; etc.
The movie has a gory fight sequence between John Abraham and another beefcake, and enough double entendre by Anil Kapoor, that warrant an adult rating. It's a wonder how it got away with a U/A rating. Don't take your kids, or better still, don't go at all.