Race 3 – Film Review

Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

Race 3 is the third installment of the Race francise and is directed by Remo Dsouza. It stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saquib Salim among others.

Sikander Singh(Salman Khan), the step son of a global arms dealer Shamsher Singh(Anil Kapoor), is tasked by his stepfather to retrieve a hard disk containing dirt on top Indian politicians from a bank vault in Cambodia. With danger at every turn, he must stay one step ahead of his enemies and complete this task, while dealing with betrayals from friends and family alike. How he manages to do this is what the film is about.

What’s Good?

Some of the action sequences in the film are slickly shot and executed. The film is designed as a big budget commercial Bollywood project which tries to cater to viewers from all stratas of society.  At best, the film can be lauded for its lavish production values, with eye popping locales and swanky cars in almost all the scenes in the film. But at the end of the day, what makes this film marginally watchable is the star power of Salman Khan. He swaggers around on screen having a good time and this is the only reason to watch the film.

What’s Not?

The plot and the subsequent plot twists are illogical and make no sense. Some of the scenes are unintentionally funny. The first two films in the franchise, while no masterpieces, atleast had some semblance of a story. They were thrillers first and not just action films. This one is completely an action film, with not much story and no suspense at all. In fact, the story here is predictable and generic, and a rehash of thousands Bollywood films released over the years. The first two films had music ranging from good to decent. The music here is completely forgettable and does nothing for the film. While the production values are lavish, the way the film is presented is mediocre. The editing is hyper kinetic and poor. The dialogues range from forgettable to cringe worthy. All in all a major let down!

Performances

After the last few films where he played something resembling a character, Salman Khan returns to the kind of star driven films that made him a superstar in the first place. He is at his stylish and charismatic best in the film. But as far as acting is concerned, there is not much for him to do other than smirk at everything happening around him. Anil Kapoor does a good job with the role that he has and holds his own against Salman Khan. Bobby Deol is strictly OK, but it is disheartening to see the once successful action star reduced to a secondary role. Jacqueline Fernandez does not have much to do but dance and look good for the camera. Daisy Shah and Saquib Salim are strictly one note. Rest of the cast do not make any impression.

Final Word

A step down for the franchise and a major let down for Salman Khan fans. Avoidable!


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