Beast – ABC Film Challenge – Action – I (Idris Elba) – Beast – Movie Review
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: Ryan Engle (Screenplay)
Writer: Jaime Primak Sullivan (Story)
- Idris Elba (Hobbs and Shaw)
- Leah Jeffries (Empire)
- Iyana Halley (This is Us)
- Sharlto Copley (Chappie)
Plot: A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Beast starts when Dr Nate Samuels (Elba) takes his two daughters Norah (Jeffries) and Meredith (Halley) to South Africa. Nate wants to rebuild his relationship with them after their mother’s death. The three are staying with their Uncle Martin (Copley) and wildlife expert.
Martin takes the family on a private Savanna tour, he shows his connection with the wildlife. However, when they come across a local village, the villagers have all been killed. This leads to them investigating more and finding themselves trapped by a bloodthirsty lion. They must figure out how to fight back to survive now they are in its territory.
Verdict on Beast
Beast is an action thriller following a family that finds themselves trapped by a bloodthirsty lion. They must figure out how to escape before it sinks its teeth into them after going on a rampage against humans.
This is an old-school man versus creature movie, it can be seen in a similar light as ‘The Grey’. The idea a family gets trapped needing to fight back against an animal they have no chance against is always great for storytelling. It adds the intensity needed and the relentless nature of this movie, which means we keep going with more intense sequences.
The movie uses a couple of great single-shot moments to prepare us for chaos. This adds another level instead of the often overused quick-cutting style. The attacks are brutal and show how little chance any human would face against a lion. Idris Elba is great here too as is most of the cast throughout the movie.
Final Thoughts – Beast is a ferocious non-stop action movie.