Saturday, October 22, 2022

[Review]— Eye-Catching CGI Can't Save "Beast" From Its Lame Plot

Why am I introducing my concluding remarks first? Because there isn't much to say. The survival thriller Beast either has terrible production values or is inadequately directed. While the idea of a "killer" lion is corny and ridiculous, I was intrigued by the picture because of its star, Idris Elba—a talented actor—who needs a new agent because most of the films he plays in are lousy.

It takes a long time for the killer lion to appear and begin stalking Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba), his two irritating kids, and a family friend named Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley) in the short 93-minute thriller Beast. I'm already disengaged before there are any fight scenes. All that occurs in the first half is the basic setup—wasted too much time to build one-dimensional characters before they eventually make stupid decisions that leave me scratching my head and wondering, "Why am I watching this?"

If anyone reading this mini-review gets interested in viewing Beast, the picture is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital. 

Special Features include:

  • DELETED SCENE Watch an exclusive unreleased scene from Beast.
  • MAN VS. LION: THE FINAL BATTLEGo inside the epic final battle between Nate and the beast himself as Director Baltasar Kormákur, star Idris Elba, and key members of the VFX team walk us through putting it all together.
  • CREATING THE BEASTThe vicious title character of Beast is no ordinary lion. He’s bigger, he’s meaner, and he’s got an axe to grind against humanity. Sit down with director Baltasar Kormákur as he explains what he envisioned for The Beast.
  • MAKING IT REAL: THE WOUNDSSit down with prosthetics supervisor Clinton Smith and prosthetic assistant Daleen Badenhorst as they walk us through all the gory details of creating realistic-looking slices, gashes, and tears caused by a massive, predatory lion.
  • FILMING IN THE BEAST’S TERRITORYVisit Limpopo South Africa where the cast and crew of BEAST traveled to capture all the vistas, planes, and mountains of Africa authentically on film.
  • FAMILY BOND: THE CAST OF THE BEASTMeet the family at the heart of this story as director Baltasar Kormákur and cast members Idris Elba, Iyana Halley, and Leah Jeffries take us inside their characters’ journeys as they come together and heal in the direst of circumstances.
  • A LION’S PRIDE Learn the tragic truth of lion poaching with this solid piece that takes viewers inside the fight to protect the big game of Africa.  

I gave this movie a two-star rating because of the solid CGI effects and the entertaining final fight, but those factors alone are not enough for me to suggest this movie to anybody. Watch at your leisure. ╌★★✰✰✰

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