Movie Review: 2.0

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: In Chennai, all mobile phones fly out from the hands of the people. Government calls for high level meeting to understand the strange phenomenon.
Scientist Vaseekaran (Rajinikanth) proposes to the government to reboot the dismantled robot Chitti. Vaseekaran also finds out that a fifth force is the reason for this phenomenon and Chitti tries to stop the Pakshi Raja (Akshay Kumar) that is creating mayhem. It is later revealed that Pakshi Raja is doing it to stop the radiation from cell towers that are killing birds. Pakshi Raja vows to root out all mobile phones on the earth. How Chitti stops him forms the story.

REVIEW: The first and foremost thing that hits you right away is the sheer scale of the film. Apart from having a genuine social message, Shankar has imagined something really different and made a visual spectacle which Indian movie lover can be proud of. You can’t but praise the magnanimity of the project as every penny spent is showcased through superb visuals on screen.

Rajinikanth like always surprises you with his childlike enthusiasm. He plays different characters and does justice to each one of them. Especially, with the 2.0 version, where he comes up with unique mannerisms is just amazing and will be loved by the fans completely. Amy Jackson is superb as the humanoid and does her role perfectly.

Perhaps, no one could have done the role better than Akshay Kumar who plays the antagonist. The Bollywood superstar is amazing as the evil bird and elevates the proceedings in the last half an hour completely. The manner in which the graphics have been used on Akshay, his makeup, and the way he fights 2.0 is way too good.

Shankar believed that the character Chitti has the super hero potential and he has worked a script around the idea. He had a clear aim to make an Indian movie with truly international standards. It is not easy to achieve something that Shankar has done in 2.0. His imaginative skills and his vision is second to none. Shankar, who usually tries to tick all the boxes of a commercial film, made sure to avoid the nonsense and focused on the spectacle.

Rahman’s background music is world class and so is the cinematography. Shankar avoided songs in the narrative, but the song that comes during the end titles leaves us wanting for more. Visual effects are not breathtaking but definitely good compared to Indian cinema standards. Production values are supreme. Producers trusted in Shankar’s vision and had spent a fortune in making it.

Final verdict of the film is “2.0” is one of its kind film that cannot be compared with any of the previous films made. It is unique and sets the bar high for upcoming Indian films with big ambitions.