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lets discuss about Race 2 here

the one posted by Radhe is specifically about reviews and BO collections

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Koiza,  Can we make this the reviews thread. Right now both threads look like a discussion thread. We need one clean thread for the reviews. The other has way too many pages of discussion. Its easier for us to make this a reviews thread. the four pages of discussion posts here can be moved to the other thread and in this one the reviews/BO updates can be posted.
 
The members looking for just the reviews, its hard for them to navigate thru pages and page of discussion and fights.
 
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Hey guys

lets discuss about Race 2 here

the one posted by Radhe is specifically about reviews and BO collections

so discuss it all here

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Koiza,  Can we make this the reviews thread. Right now both threads look like a discussion thread. We need one clean thread for the reviews. The other has way too many pages of discussion. Its easier for us to make this a reviews thread. the four pages of discussion posts here can be moved to the other thread and in this one the reviews/BO updates can be posted.
 
The members looking for just the reviews, its hard for them to navigate thru pages and page of discussion and fights.
 
Thanks:)

Sure Maddy- thats what i actually wanted to do initially as well

i have no issues :)

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Race 2 Review
January 25th, 2013 by Roshni Devi


Rating: 1.5/5 stars (One-and-a-half stars)



Star cast: Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saif Ali Khan, Ameesha Patel, Anil Kapoor, Rajesh Khattar, Bipasha Basu, Aditya Pancholi.

What's Good: The stylish direction; the music.

What's Bad: The dreary twist-after-twist; the acting; logic flies away like the car out of an airplane.

Loo break: Anytime.

Watch or Not?: If Abbas-Mustan's thrillers still excite you, then you'll definitely like Race 2.

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After fighting it out on the streets, Armaan Mallik (John Abraham) has now become a casino king, with his step sister Elena (Deepika Padukone), who handles his affairs as well. Dangling on his arm is the sexy pickpocket Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez). When one of his partners (Rajesh Khattar) gets conned by Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan), Armaan doesn't waste time in allying up to him. And neither does his sister. Though Armaan tries to con Ranvir in his game, the latter agrees to partner with him in one big heist.

When Ranvir finds a photo of his ex-girlfriend Sonia (Bipasha Basu) in Omisha's purse, he gets interested. When he finds out that Omisha is Sonia's sister and that Armaan is responsible for Sonia's death, they hatch a plan to get back at Armaan.

Meanwhile, Ranvir has his fruit-loving old friend Robert D'costa (Anil Kapoor) and his new sex-starved secretary Cherry (Ameesha Patel) on his team to help him flick the priceless Shroud of Turin. In turn, he plans to use this treasure to dupe Armaan.

But things are not anything they seem to be. And very little goes according to plan.


John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan (Race 2 Movie Stills)
Race 2 Review: Script Analysis

The screenplay, by Shiraz Ahmad, is all fluff. It's a revenge story with a twist in almost every ten minutes. Everyone knows what the other person is planning. There's a lot of backstabbing, cheating and lies going around. It may be enough to get you interested, but it gets tiring after a while. Logic, of course, has no place in this filmmaker's world. If casino owners were as stupid as Rajesh Khattar, who exchanges Ranvir's "fake" currency for real ones without checking a single note, the world would be a richer place indeed. And that's just the start. Armaan's intro is some gibberish about how he's an honest thief but he doesn't seem to have any qualms about cheating when he gets a chance. Ranvir steals the Shroud of Turin with such ease as if it were the Stone Age and CCTVs or other hi-tech security measures weren't invented till then.

Most of Kiran Kotrial's dialogues are like an unimpressive 2nd grader's examination sheet; mostly one line questions and similar answers with no substance. "Dara rahi ho ya challenge kar rahi ho?", "Flirt kar rahe ho ya tareef?" etc.
Race 2 Review: Star Performances

Who are we kidding? You're not going to watch Race 2 for anyone's acting (even if you do, there's none of it.) You'll go to watch the slit on Deepika's dress end precariously above her thighs. There's John Abraham grunting and attempting to pop his eyes out here and there. Jacqueline gets a tome full of dialogues like, "You're such a kameena" while narrowing her eyes sexily. Saif struggles to keep a straight-face throughout the movie (there's nothing more to do, really). Ameesha Patel gets into the skin of her air-head act and is a good reminder of why you don't see much of her in films anymore. Anil Kapoor is, well, bearable though the tables are turned on him this time with his secretary begging to get into his pants, instead of the other way around like in Race.

Rajesh Khattar's most memorable part is that his derriere gets censored. Bipasha Basu gets a blink and miss role in a flashback. Aditya Pancholi is passable as a Godfather of some sorts.
Race 2 Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

The only change in an Abbas-Mustan film ever is the characters. At this point, all the twists are predictable and you know that the hero will stand tall with his cape flying in the end. The men and women look beautiful and no one bothers to act. The direction is stylish with everything shiny: the actors, cars, casinos, furniture' If you still love Abbas-Mustan for the fast cars, sexy women, hot men, and the insane amounts of money that just keeps flying around, you'll be happy with this fare as well.

Pritam's songs mostly sound like rehashed stuff from the previous film, but it's good. Salim-Sulaiman's background score is good. Hussain Burmawalla's editing is slick. Peter Heins' good action (the parkour chase) is heartening. The special effects are disappointing, especially the lame Lamborghini exploding. Ravi Yadav's cinematography is alright.
Race 2 Review: The Last Word

Watch Race 2 only if you want to sit through two-and-a-half hours of no-brainer twists, compensated only by the booty show on screen.





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Race 2

By Taran Adarsh, 25 Jan 2013, 11:49 hrs IST

2.25 stars


Five years ago, in 2008, the Tauranis and Abbas-Mustan delivered a taut, enthralling thriller in RACE. The intricate plot, the serpentine twists and turns in the narrative, good looking men and women double crossing each other, the dazzling locations and the adrenaline pumping stunts and chases left an ineradicable impression on the heart and mind of the moviegoer. Besides, the super success of the film at the BO fuelled rumors that its sequel was on the cards. The badshaahs of thrillers, Abbas-Mustan, had to come up with the next installment, carrying the franchise forward.

Not every movie that's triumphant merits a sequel, but RACE is the kind of genre [besides its conclusion] that justifies a sequel. The second installment, as a result, comes with a weighty baggage. It has to outshine the first part in terms of content, ought to be more majestic in terms of look and canvas. Most significantly, it ought to outdistance the first part at the BO. So is the follow up a worthy fare or is it merely capitalizing on the popular brand?

Let me state at the very outset that RACE 2 doesn't entirely meet the monstrous expectations. Abbas-Mustan, coupled with screenwriter Shiraz Ahmed, have put together a motion picture that's stylish and engaging, with an international look and feel. The first hour is dedicated to the vengeance aspect, while the latter half focuses on the heist, which takes the graph of the film down. More on that later!

RACE 2 starts off from where RACE concluded. Ranveer [Saif Ali Khan] decides to avenge the death of his fiance Sonia [Bipasha Basu] and for that he travels to Turkey, where he encounters some new people in this journey [John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel], besides some people he had encountered earlier [Anil Kapoor].

RACE 2 takes off with a bang. Literally. The chase that ensues soon after the blast, the introduction of the key players in the second installment, the sub-plots, the volatile games, the twists and turns' Abbas-Mustan and Shiraz Ahmed are on the right track all through the first hour. As a matter of fact, the first hour is very well knit. Everyone seems to be a double crosser here; the men are crooks and the women, devious. Also, Abbas-Mustan make sure they astonish you at every step. The twists and turns keep you captivated. In fact, just when you think this would be the last twist, another one leaps from nowhere, catching you by complete surprise. There's hardly any dull moment in this hour.

The post-interval portions start with gusto, but the writing isn't foolproof. A few episodes are electrifying [John's combat with Typhoon is remarkable]. Also, the heist is well executed. But the director duo and writer should've packed a solid punch in this hour, especially in its concluding act. The finale, inside the aircraft, should've been spellbinding. It evokes mixed feelings. The back story between Sonia [Bipasha] and Malik [John] is missing. Why? Additionally, the Anil Kapoor-Ameesha Patel track doesn't work. One doesn't mind double entendres, but some of the lines between them are in poor taste, frankly.

The soundtrack is lilting, though, I wish to add, the first part had better music. The background score [Salim-Sulaiman] is exhilarating. The action/chase sequences are top notch, with every stunt looking well choreographed. Cinematography [Ravi Yadav] is exceptional and the spectacular locales are a visual treat. Dialogue [Kiran Kotrial] are commanding at times, especially those between Saif and John. Editing [Hussain Burmawala] has always played an integral role in all Abbas-Mustan movies and the ace editor gives remarkable finish to the frames that have been filmed dexterously. The visual effects are tacky.

Like the first part, the characters in RACE 2 have grey shades. Saif plays the elegant guy with poise, while John enacts his part with gusto. As a matter of fact, Saif and John lend so much zing to their respective parts that it's difficult to decide who's better. Deepika has the best scenes in the film. She looks stunning and immerses herself into her character completely. Jacqueline looks gorgeous too, but her character is sidelined after a point. Anil and Ameesha's parts appear forced. Aditya Pancholi is proficient. Rajesh Khattar does well. Bipasha Basu is hardly there.

On the whole, RACE 2 has a rocking first half, glam and glitz, great looking men and women, spectacular locales, extravagant making, adrenaline pumping action and of course, a solid brand that's gonna make moviegoers flock the cineplexes initially, but the film lacks the sustaining power thanks to its uneven second half. The writing isn't watertight, the film lacks a hit score, the climax is far from effective and overall, RACE 2 pales in comparison to RACE.





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Movie Review: Saif's lines, Deepika's clothes and John's abs = Race 2

by Rubina A Khan Jan 25, 2013

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The Abbas-Mustan directed Race 2 delivers what it promises good looking ensemble cast, exotic locations, cars, bomb squads, revenge, lust and love, a couple of good music tracks and, most importantly, a plot which unravels at a thrilling pace. Race 2 is that kind of a film where one can't elaborate on the story at all, given it's turns and twists are what keep the race on.

Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is the slick con artist, a continuation of his character from the original film. Race 2 is a new chapter of thrills and chills in his exciting life that we, the audience are a part of.

His agenda, his enemies are unknown in the first few reels of the film, and reveal themselves to us through the celluloid ride. RD (Anil Kapoor) also reprises his blooming buffoon character from the original, but whoever was writing the dialogues for him was on another planet, separate from the cool edge of Race 2.

The double entendres in all his lines, in his fruit chomping avatar, are embarrassing and not funny at all. He's eating a new fruit in every scene, almost like he's endorsing fruits for a living, and utters lines like "I am not ready to pop your cherry" and such throughout. And Cherry (Ameesha Patel) who plays his bimbo assistant is simply ridiculous in her enactment of naivet or whatever it is she is trying to do. Anil of course being a stellar actor, looks believable in the part, but is completely bereft of his stature as an international star in this role, a waste of his talent in my opinion.

The glamourous and hot new addition to this screenplay is Arman Malik (John Abraham), a street fighter turned gazillionaire based in Istanbul, Turkey who loves his money but not more than he loves other people's money. And an even hotter and sexier addition is Arman's partner in his money spinning schemes, his haute half-sister, Alina (Deepika Padukone) who carries off a bathing suit with as much elan as she does a loaded gun in a holster. An ingenous piece of casting here two of Bollywood's most beautiful people cast as brother and sister and they make it work, despite their scorching onscreen presence.

Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandes) plays Arman's love interest and you don't notice her as much in the film as her terrible wigs and bad hair. Aditya Pancholi makes a special appearance in the film as Godfather Anza.

The film opens with a long voice over (Anil Kapoor as RD) wherein he describes the characters and sketches out a brief plotline, which sort of speeds up the audience's understanding of the new additions to the sequel.

A still from the film Race 2 Courtesy: Race 2 official page, Facebook.

A still from the film Race 2 Courtesy: Race 2's official Facebook page.

Race 2 is shot beautifully, with a crisp edit and has all the action you'd want and more be it street fighting with John Abraham's abs for the win, a one night stand, car chases and explosions or a mile high fight club sequence which defies all logic, but still works, big time! Though some of the action is very reminiscent of Salman Khan's flying kicks and jumps inEk Tha Tiger. But then again, what works for Salman can definitely work for the rest of Bollywood, especially John 'The Body' Abraham and Saif's racy character.

The music of Race 2 has but two memorable songs, Party on My Mind and Lat Lag Gayi, but they pale when compared to the original film's soundtrack. You do get to hear it in bits and parts, thankfully. Anaita Shroff-Adajania is the Costume Stylist for the film and she has done an incredible job, especially with Deepika.

Saif looks the part, and adds his subtle menace to the character. The only thing that distracts a tad in his portrayal, is his ever changing hair line. It needs to be consistent, whatever the hair style. He's got the best lines in the film and it adds to his on screen charm and persona and he does not fail to take it a notch higher.

John looks great, but when does he not? He enacts his part suitably well and makes up in wardrobe arena or lack thereof, in the fight sequences.

Deepika is stunning, like always, but more so in Anaita Shroff-Adajania styled clothes. Deepika and Saif share this hot streak on screen, and whatever films they do together, hit bulls-eye at the box office.

At some point in the film, Deepika says "I can recognize that money making expression anywhere" and to that I'd say, Abbas Mustan have a big money maker on their hands withRace 2.

Rating: ***

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Race 2 To Clock 13 Cr On Day One, Will Benefit From Long Weekend

by Soumita Sengupta (January 25, 2013)

Today marked the release of director duo Abbas-Mustan's Race 2, which gained momentum due to the Eid holiday in some centres today. However, the reception it has received isn't as big as expected. The first-day net box-office collections are pegged at Rs 13 crore. On the other hand, Luv Ranjan's second outing as a director Akaash Vani failed to enthrall the audience and kept a low profile at the ticket window. The third film that released was Main Krishna Hoon, which barely saw the light of day.

In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says, "Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 opened on a good note and is going strong in multiplexes. Good music, a good story and a very stylish film. I think it will earn Rs 5 crore on its first day in Mumbai and Rs 12-13 crore, all-India."

In Delhi-UP, Brijesh Tandon of H K Tandon and Co adds, "Race 2 has drawn an average response and its collections are pegged at Rs 3 crore as it is a long weekend. This film is almost the same as part one and because the first installment was so good, the audience is excited to watch this film. The other two releases performed poorly."

In East Punjab, Nanaksar Enterprises feels Race 2 will earn Rs 1.25 crore. "The morning shows opened on a good note though there was a drop in the afternoon shows. But the film picked up in the evening. The good thing is today and tomorrow are holidays, which makes it a three-day weekend."

In West Bengal, Debashish Dey of Aum Moviez feels Race 2 will do good business. "It's a total entertainer. It has action, it looks good, has good stars and music. It is also full of twists and turns, it will generate business of Rs 50-55 lakh on day one in West Bengal."

In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films reveals, "Race 2 has done average business in CP. Actually, considering it's a Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham starrer, it has done very good business. The film will make around Rs 75-80 lakh on day one. The three-day, long weekend is an added advantage and there is also no other big release to compete with."

Gaurav Gaur of O'Real Imagination says Race 2 is doing very well in Rajasthan and collections are pegged at Rs 90 lakh on its first day. "Most shows are running house full and since there are three holidays, this can be a huge weekend."

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Race 2 To Clock 13 Cr On Day One, Will Benefit From Long Weekend

 
 
 
by Soumita Sengupta (January 25, 2013)

Today marked the release of director duo Abbas-Mustan's Race 2, which gained momentum due to the Eid holiday in some centres today. However, the reception it has received isn't as big as expected. The first-day net box-office collections are pegged at Rs 13 crore. On the other hand, Luv Ranjan's second outing as a director Akaash Vani failed to enthrall the audience and kept a low profile at the ticket window. The third film that released was Main Krishna Hoon, which barely saw the light of day.

In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says, "Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 opened on a good note and is going strong in multiplexes. Good music, a good story and a very stylish film. I think it will earn Rs 5 crore on its first day in Mumbai and Rs 12-13 crore, all-India."

In Delhi-UP, Brijesh Tandon of H K Tandon and Co adds, "Race 2 has drawn an average response and its collections are pegged at Rs 3 crore as it is a long weekend. This film is almost the same as part one and because the first installment was so good, the audience is excited to watch this film. The other two releases performed poorly."

In East Punjab, Nanaksar Enterprises feels Race 2 will earn Rs 1.25 crore. "The morning shows opened on a good note though there was a drop in the afternoon shows. But the film picked up in the evening. The good thing is today and tomorrow are holidays, which makes it a three-day weekend."

In West Bengal, Debashish Dey of Aum Moviez feels Race 2 will do good business. "It's a total entertainer. It has action, it looks good, has good stars and music. It is also full of twists and turns, it will generate business of Rs 50-55 lakh on day one in West Bengal."

In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films reveals, "Race 2 has done average business in CP. Actually, considering it's a Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham starrer, it has done very good business. The film will make around Rs 75-80 lakh on day one. The three-day, long weekend is an added advantage and there is also no other big release to compete with."

Gaurav Gaur of O'Real Imagination says Race 2 is doing very well in Rajasthan and collections are pegged at Rs 90 lakh on its first day. "Most shows are running house full and since there are three holidays, this can be a huge weekend."

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aha so basically like i expected Race 2 is more of Players... all names and no acting to look forward to, i had my doubts seeing Jackline , Deepz and John ... its confirmed , so sad , once industries good movie makers Abbas -maastaan making disasters after disasters 

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