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RACE - One of the 10 Best Thrillers in recent years. (Movie Review By Bobby Sing)
20 Mar, 2008 | Movie Reviews / 2008 Releases

 

After seeing “Race”, I could say that keeping the inspiration fact aside from their track record, Abbas Mastan are no doubt one of the top 3 directors of thrillers movies in Indian Cinema. And “Race” proves that again and the movie can be stated as the most impressive work from the director duo after their last few pale attempts.

“Race” is a high paced and slickly edited thriller with shocks & more shocks for the viewers at regular intervals. And with each new turn you come forward on the edge of your seat. As I don’t prefer wasting words on giving out the story of the movie in my reviews, I would just like to add that its one of the most tightly written script and you dare don’t go for a popcorn in between the movie or else you will miss a new twist in the story.
All the characters have a well defined role and the casting is just near to perfect too (with only Sameera Reddy as a miscast). Each person in the script has a plan against the other and after the light 20 minutes in the opening, the movie just picks up the speed with a kick start. At times you feel that its going too pacy and there are too much twists and turns in the plot, but still its all enjoyable to a great extent.
The first half has Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna, Bipasha & Katrina as the lead. Saif clearly gives another powerful performance after “Omkara”. Akshay Khanna too performs a tough role in an impressive manner. He can easily add this movie in his career’s Top 3. Bipasha looks more ravishing than Katrina, but they both surely give the required “Oomph Impact” to the racy thriller.
At the end of the first half enters Anil Kapoor as the detective. And from here onwards you start enjoying the movie more with his one liners and comic timings. But Sameera seems to be unfit in her “Kitty-Karmachand” role as an assistant to Anil. Anil is very entertaining eating all kinds of fruits while he is investigating. Johny Lever is wasted as he is there only for one scene, but he had to be there since he is the lucky mascot of the director duo from “Khiladi” days. While watching “RACE”, each time you think that now the whole plan is told, there comes another twist and this continues till the last scene of the movie.
The one thing which can be said as the weakness in the script is that there is no Police involvement shown in the crime. Anil Kapoor is supposed to be the only official detective looking into the case and he is too involved in the plot. The second half belongs to Anil and Saif equally and they both simply excel. The Climax is one of best in the recent times as it is not concerned in showing the victory of truth, but shows how the conmen win and respect the intelligence of the other.
The songs are quite enjoyable but there is already plagiarism factor involved with “Pritam” lifting more than one tunes. The background score also seems to be inspired from “Mission Impossible” and “James Bond” Themes. I think the fast paced instrumental version of “Allah Duhai Hai” should have been used repeatedly in the background rather than the slow theme music. It would have given more pace to the scenes.
Summing up, this is one of the best works of Abbas Mastan, and one of the best Thrillers coming out of the Indian Film Industry. The only fear I have is that I should not receive any mails in the coming days that the movie is an inspired one. I pray that it should be an original work from the makers as this is indeed a commendable one.
Go for it, the movie can turn you into a fan of thrillers.
Rating : 4 / 5

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20 Mar 2008 / Comment ( 2 )
AMIT JOSHI

I STILL CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SAIF GOT ONLY ONE STRAIGHT WOUND ON CHEST EVEN AFTER FALLING FROM 30TH FLOOR (MAY BE MORE) :):)

THEY EVEN DIDN'T SHOW THE DEAD BODY OF SAIF FALLING FROM ROOF, (FOR THAT THEY HAD TO SHOW SO MUCH BLOOD AROUND)............ THEY SIMPLY CUT THAT SCENE......ONE CAN EASILY UNDERSTAND THE SAIF WOULD BE ALIVE BUT HOW ..............LATER WE COME TO KNOW HE GOT INJURY ONLY AT CHEST (A STRAIGHT LINE) NO HEAD INJURIES.........WOW THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD ESCAPE WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE NEXT :)
 

Bobby Sing

Hi Amit,

Though the movie was brilliant with minor loopholes, but it lost all its meaning for me, when I came to know that it was a true copy of "Goodbye Lover".

Read my complete post on it in the "R" Category of the Inspired Movies Section at the right.

Cheers!

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