After a long and arduous wait, Salman Khan’s Race 3 has released today. The expectations from this film are huge as it is a Salman Khan film, an Eid release as well an action thriller. Bankrolled by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films, the film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol in pivotal roles. Salman Khan has also got into film distribution with the release of Race 3, after successfully foraying into production.
Salman launched his banner Salman Khan Films with Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and now, with Race 3, jointly produced by Salman Khan Films headed by Salman’s mother Salma Khan, the superstar has ventured into distribution. This will reportedly be looked into by his father Salim Khan personally. Well, it’s double celebration for Salman Khan fans. Though we got to see glimpses of some kickass action sequences and crazy stunts in the two trailers released ahead of the film’s release, we still can’t wait for the film and the critics’ verdict. Well, the film released in the Gulf yesterday and reviews have started pouring in already. Let’s take a look at what the critics have to say:
Masala.com : Every trick that Salman Khan plays out in Race 3 unfortunately lacks in charm and spirit, and instead, reeks of desperation. Where an ageing superstar banks on nothing more than his shirtless act to push forward a Bollywood franchise that was never meant to be. So, we watch in utter disbelief, as Bollywood’s infamous man-child gleefully plays fast and furious with his bunch of cronies. Only, his director Remo D’Souza refuses to play along and turns an action thriller into a strange Broadway-style musical. Every actor, when not speeding in a supercar or firing away guns, gets a song and lavish set-pieces to perform in. Ayananka Bose’s frames filter out every little blemish, every wrinkle and makes them insta-glorious. The men have their muscles ripped while the women wear their perfect curls and flutter their eyelashes. Basically, what the acting crew lacks in talent, they make up by glamming up and flashing their gym bod. All this could’ve been forgiven, if the fight was worth the punch. At over 160-minutes, it ends up unintentionally comical, highly illogical and horrendously tacky.
Gulf news : The thriller, starring Salman Khan and directed by Remo D’Souza, reeks of bad writing, terrible dialogues, pretentious acting and a lame plot. It’s also a classic example of how throwing wads of cash into an action thriller and dolling it up with snazzy cars or having its stars do slow motions cannot save the day. Race 3, which delves into the lives of a wealthy dysfunctional family in pursuit of power and money, is a disappointment. Even Khan’s charisma and star power fails to ignite this colossal mess. Race 3 splutters to life in bits and parts, but it’s a mammoth let-down.
Khaleej Times : Few action sequences in the film, specially the chase scenes in Cambodia, are badly done and leave much room for improvement in the VFX department. The action looks inspired from many Hollywood films like Fast and Furious series and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, to name a few. Although the climax isn’t something you guess but there is not a single nail-biting moment till you get there. As we move towards the climax, we have Jacqueline aiming from a military helicopter for over five minutes. The much-forced fighting sequence between Salman and Bobby Deol isn’t of much consequence either.