2.0 movie review: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar starrer has impressive VFX
Director: S Shankar
Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson And Sudhanshu Pandey
In the film 2.0, Rajinikanth holds the film together and is there virtually in every scene, be it as scientist Vaseegaran, evil Chitty, good Chitty (2.0 version) or Kutty Chitti (3.0 version). In comparison, Akshay Kumar got more screen space in the second half of the movie. He plays antagonists and complete foil to Rajinikanth’s superhero.
The makers of the film failed to entertain the audience with any surprise or twists in the film. It would not be wrong to say that Shankar has just rehashed most of the scenes from his earlier films Anniyan and Shivaji.
The story begins where Enthiran ended. Dr Vaseegaran, a respected scientist, has temporarily disabled the evil Chitty and has a new secretary in a friendly humanoid robot Nila (Amy Jackson). The film starts with an elderly man hanging from a mobile tower in a deserted field. Following that, the people in the city find that their cell phones started disappearing into thin air. Mobile phone towers are destroyed by some “unknown occurrences.”
As chaos and fear envelope the city, the government seeks help from Vaseegaran to probe the mysterious happenings. And soon, a giant bird, with feathers made up of mobile phones, attacks the city and the army cannot stop it. Vaseegaran is called by a minister to bring back Chitti, the dismantled advanced robot, to counter the “fifth force.”
Notably, the real star of the film is its VFX and special effects. To a large extent, Shankar, his VFX supervisor Srinivas Mohan, sound specialist Resul Pookutty, cinematographer Nirav Shah and editor Antony have succeeded to push the envelope. However, approximately 50 percent of the film has stunning visual effects and has been shot using 3D format.
It is to be noted that, It must be watched in 3D for a satisfying viewing experience.
It is a typical story about how the system is harsh on an honest nice guy, who determined to take revenge through vigilantism. In the process, a social message is also embedded in the narrative, as characters are made to say that people spend more time with their mobiles than with their loved ones.
Talking about Rajinikanth, in one scene he takes at other superstars who claim to be number one, which has his fans hooting and clapping. The film brings back the flamboyant style of Rajinikanth, which was missing in his recent several movies.
The film 2.0 has merely one full dance song, the hit number from AR Rahman — ‘Enthira Logathu Sundariya’ that plays out only with the end credits. The movie works largely because of Rajinikanth and the amazing 3D format, the closest an Indian film has reached to Hollywood standards.
It is being bankrolled by Lyca Productions, has been made on a staggering budget of over Rs 540 crore, which clearly means that the film has no option but to work phenomenally well at the box-office. It is to be noted that makers of the film claimed to have already recovered Rs 370 crore by selling off rights of some circuits in India, digital and satellite rights.