Monday, January 28, 2013

Race 2: Movie Review

I watched Race however many years ago, and I remember it leaving me boggled. It was one of the first movies I'd seen that had so many twists and turns, all of which somehow even made sense! Every time someone switched sides, I gasped in surprise and thought "this has to be the last twist." The movie didn't receive as much acclaim as I'd hoped, but it did fairly well, which was good. I've seen the movie probably half a dozen more times since then, and the movie never fails to entertain me. I feel like I'm on an adventure every time, and there isn't a single slow point in the movie.

I've been excited about Race 2 since I heard about it, and so I had to watch it as soon as I got the opportunity. Today was that day. I just finished watching the movie about an hour ago (as those of you who follow me on Twitter already know), soooo here's the review!

So as always, I'll start with the story. Let's start with what we know coming in to the movie. Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is our hero, and Armaan Malik (John Abraham) is our villain. I'd now like to take a small tangent and talk about how much I love that John Abraham's name is Armaan Malik since that was Karan Singh Grover's character's name in Dill Mill Gayye (any fans here?). Okay tangent over, and back to the story. Elena (Deepika Padukone) is Armaan's half-sister, and Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez) is his girlfriend. Anil Kapoor reprises his role as Robert D'Costa, or RD, and his new assistant is Cherry (Amisha Patel). So Ranveer goes to Armaan, a wealthy casino owner, seeking revenge for the murder of his wife Sonia (Bipasha Basu). Armaan loves his money, and he and his sister have created a huge business empire based on black money. What follows is a series of twists and turns just like in Race. That's all I'm going to say without having any spoilers.

The entire time this movie was going on, I was thinking to myself: "okay now who's gonna betray whom?" Unfortunately, most plot twists were predictable. I figured out most of the twists, and had high expectations that at least the end would blow my mind a bit. Unfortunately, the end had the most predictable twist. I'm not sure if the reason for that is the fact that I've seen Race and expected everything, or that this movie was indeed not written or planned as well as the first one. So moving on to dialogues. There were a lot of cheesy and lame lines (like "he's gonna be so dead, and I'm gonna be very rich."), but then there were some epic ones (like "...kyunki main is race ka sabse purana khiladi hoon") too, most of which were delivered by Ranveer. The movie had a few stunts in it as well, which were gripping, unique, and well executed. Definitely a plus, in my opinion.

Acting wise, everyone was fine. As you probably know, I'm not a Deepika fan. She wasn't bad in this movie though. That being said, her role wasn't that big, so she didn't have much room to go wrong in. Speaking of actors, what's Amisha Patel doing in movies again?!

The soundtrack is decent. Party On My Mind has grown on me, and Be Intehaan is good too. Allah Duhai Hai is epic, and Lat Lag Gayee is catchy. It's no Zara Zara Touch Me, Pehli Nazar Mein, and Khwab Dekhe combo, but it's still not bad.

Overall, if you liked Race, you'll enjoy Race 2 as well. If you didn't like Race, I wouldn't recommend watching Race 2 (unless you want to see John Abraham). I liked that this movie showed some ties with Race and actually was a continuation of the story from Race. The end of this strongly alluded to a Race 3 in the future, which I am definitely looking forward to. Race is still better than Race 2, but Race 2 does have it's fair share of entertainment. I thought I was just half an hour into the movie, but in fact I was an hour and a half into it. That just goes to say that the movie is gripping and will keep you entertained throughout.

Table No. 21: Movie Review

So I was really excited to see Rajeev Khandelwal in a movie again. I've seen TV shows with him and loved him there, and then saw Aamir, in which he was amazing. I saw just the TV version of the promo, which was about 30 seconds and didn't show any of the more intense scenes. The whole idea of some kind of game where you just have to answer some questions, and an "if you lie, you die" mentality seemed pretty intriguing. The movie turned out to be way more intense though.

The film started out with a couple celebrating their anniversary in Fiji. They're not super well off, but they're clearly in love. There they meet a guy (Paresh Rawal) who offers them the chance to play a game where they have to answer 8 simple questions and perform 8 related tasks to win Rs. 21 crore. The couple is also told that all their actions will be broadcast live on a live gaming website where millions of people will tune in to watch. The couple accepts the game thinking it's too good to be true, and the game starts off easy. It quickly intensifies, and they end up having to confront their worse fears and perform ridiculous tasks. Some scenes were almost scarring in the movie. The couple tries to escape, but cannot as they are bound legally by a contract and physically by a lie detector on their wrists that would kill them if taken out of range. The end of the movie reveals the reason for the entire game, which I, as the viewer, had been wondering the entire time. It's not difficult to guess the end based on clues throughout the movie. It still does end up making an impact though.

So that was the story. Now let's talk about acting. Rajeev Khandelwal (the husband) was great as always. Tena Desae, as the wife, was not bad. Paresh Rawal can do no wrong, so of course he was great too. The way the movie was directed was really interesting. Every question/task combo gave us some insight into the characters' lives, and the connection between all these puzzle pieces were made at the very end. The movie was kind of slow, but the beginning and end were pretty good.

Overall, I'm not sure if I'd recommend this movie. It is definitely a little scarring, but it does make a strong statement about bullying. That is what it comes down to in the end. If you think you can handle it, the movie wasn't bad. I just personally didn't know what I was getting into.