Race 2 : A clear case of style over substance
Race 2 is true to its brand. From thrills, typical Abbas-Mustan twists and turns, chart-busting songs, hot hunks, sexy babes to action-packed stunts.
Unfortunately, the only aspect it falls flat in is the story. It is not well carved and is almost unconvincing, unlike the prequel (which had a strong plot line)
Some may claim, Race 2 is all style and no substance, but this all-style-no-substance can get quite entertaining (even though it doesn’t even come close to the greatness of it’s prequel)
In the prequel, where there was a full-fledged race, in Race 2 you just kept wondering what the ‘race’ actually is. There’s constant references to this ‘race’, but no concrete ‘race’ as such is evident (unless you count the 5-minute derby scene as one)
Abbas-Mustan are generally known to provide edge-of-the-seat thrills and any Abbas-Mustan movie is incomplete without its set of sharp twists and turns. However it seems that the writers of Race 2 didn’t want to put much thought into the writing, more in relation to the twists and turns because they are almost exactly the same as in the prequel.
So for an avid lover of the prequel (which I have watched quite a few number of times), the twists in Race 2 are so disappointing because they are almost identical to the ones in Race, which is quite a let-down because the non-predictability factor of a thriller is automatically dragged down, making the film less entertaining than it should have been.
Props to the cinematographer, for creating such a wonderful atmosphere. The film is visually stunning. From the first frame to the last, Race 2 is a complete treat to the eyes. It is slick. sexy and suave. Major brownie points to the stylist Anaita Adjania for such impeccable styling and for ensuring the film flies high in the styling and glamor department.
Race 2 is a clear case of style of substance, but one that is entertaining. It could’ve been even more entertaining if the writers chose to take a different route in terms of the inclusion of the thrills, instead of using the tried-and-tested method. Race 2 will most certainly give you a sense of deja-vu in more than a few scenes.