Some movies were made for DVDs. You could then happily fast forward the really boring scenes and go directly to the action. Action scenes which mainly involve cars blowing up, and Salman Khan stunts. The best scene in fact involves Salman and a motorbike. That itself deserves a star and a half.
The rest is the same ole tried and tested (and hence terribly tired) double-cross thing. Everyone and their uncle is out to double cross one another. And their betrayal is not even concealed. It's downright boring. They look like they are rich and talk in billions as if they were talking about spare change. Then they talk about bearer bonds (seriously?! They went out of style in 1988 with Bruce Willis' Die Hard, the first one when Alan Rickman falls to his death from Nakatome Plaza!)
Anil Kapoor is patriarch. He has one nephew and twins. Salman Khan plays nephew Sikander, and the twins are Daisy Shah and Saquib Salim. They are super rich and super angry and super able to dodge bullets. They bash up at least twenty baddies each and break so much glass you wonder if this is a 'Race' to deafen the audience. You can't help feel the desperation of Daisy Shah who now plays sister to Salman Khan. Saquib Saleem tries hard to play grown up, but you end up only shaking your head to his teenage vocabulary where he's 'bro'ing everyone.
Then there's Yash. Played by Bobby Deol. Whose bright ideas was to cast this creature, you wonder! Where are the the Saif Ali Khans, Akshaye Khanna, the sirens like Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif? This cast is like the leftovers of a race rather than the real thing.
This time Race takes us from Al Shifa in the desert (presumably an empty Middle East), Handiya (a district in Allahabad, India), to Beijing to Cambodia and of course many computer generated snow clad mountain scenes that could be Switzerland, lake side scenes for romantic songs.
Watching Daisy Shah pose in flowy evening gowns that are so wrong for her figure is pathetic indeed. And yes, there's Jaquiline Fernandes who is 'Intelligence Officer' deep undercover if you please. And she can spray bullets from a machine gun in a helicopter too. Was very proud of so much equal opportunity for girls to fight. Or was it just a horrendous Hindi film need to show a catfight?
But you will be distracted by all the mindless disco songs inserted for some reason or the other. And when the lyrics are so terrible: Weekend ki paartiyaan hain, ek main aur ek tu saath mein hain, aur haath mein hai tattoo!' you end up adding 'bro' to every line and hope they all die horribly.