Release Date : April 13,2022
123telugu.com Rating : 2.25/5
Starring: Vijay, Pooja Hegde, Selvaraghavan, Yogi Babu, Redin Kingsley, Bjorn Surrao, VTV Ganesh, Aparna Das, Shine Tom Chacko, Liliput Faruqui, Ankur Ajit Vikal & Others
Director: Nelson Dilipkumar
Producers: Sun Pictures
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : Manoj Paramahamsa
Editor: R. Nirmal
Beast is a film that had created a good buzz with its trailer in the last few days. The film has released today and let’s see how it is.
Veera Raghavan (Vijay) is a Raw agent who comes back to Chennai after a failed mission which kills a small girl. He meets Savitri (Pooja Hegde) at an event and takes up the job of a mall security in her company. The twist in tale arises when the mall gets highjacked by terrorists and a hostage situation is created. The rest of the story is as to how Veera goes all out and saves everyone’s life in the mall.
Thalapathy Vijay is the sole attraction as he carries the entire film on his shoulders with his swag and screen presence. He looks stylish and is neat in all the action sequences.
Pooja Hegde does not have much to do in the film but looks good opposite Vijay. The comedy created in tense situations works to an extent in a few scenes of the first half.
Anirudh’s BGM is yet another asset of the film. If not for his work, the action sequences would have been even dull. Vijay has danced superbly in the Habibi song and fans will love him.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the film is that is lacks basic emotion. The needed tension and emotion for a hostage drama is completely missing in the film as tense situations have been made silly.
Also, the story does not have any twists and has been showcased in many Hindi films at least ten years back in time. Apart from Vijay, the entire casting goes for a toss. Some inexperienced actors are chosen who do not create any impact to the proceedings.
The first half is started effectively and the plot of hostage drama has been brought out well. But from there, things go down as none of the thrills create an effect on the viewer. A mall is hijacked and the manner in which the government handles the situation looks silly and over the top.
As said earlier, Anirudh is the biggest asset of the film with his solid BGM and good songs. Production design is good and so was the camera work showcasing the huge mall set up. The editing is pathetic as the film has so many scenes which create a lag in the proceedings.
Coming to the director Nelson, he has wasted a superb opportunity given to him by Vijay. He tried to showcase him as a Raw agent and in a stylish action avatar. While he showcased Vijay decently, the rest of the film has gone for a toss. There is no thrill, tension or emotion created by the director in spite of having so much scope. He has designe a few action sequences and added scenes here and there. His attempt of creating humor in dark situations worked in his previous film Doctor but has failed with Beast and disappoints the fans.
On the whole, Beast is a botched up action drama that goes wrong in several aspects barring a few laughs. Vijay is superb and tries hard to salvage the film but as the writing, execution and core emotions are so dull, even he cannot save the film which ends as a big disappointment and fails to live up to the hype.
123telugu.com Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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