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2.0 - Honest Movie Review

Costing just over 540 crores, Shankar's tour de force 2.0 is India's biggest movie ever, in terms of budget, production and technical grandeur. Lead by Super Star Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar fulfils the role of the antagonist with Amy Jackson as the supporting character and Chitti's love interest. Also marketed as India's Biggest 3D Spectacle, 2.0 serves as the sequel to the 2010 Blockbuster Hit 'Enthiran' and is easily one of the most anticipated films in the past few years.

Verdict - "A Visual Spectacle!"

The film's storyline aligns with the unsound situation of modern-day India, a social-media and a selfie-clicking infused lifestyle which culminates to mental health issues and other environmental calamities. Pakshi Rajan (Akshay Kumar), the bird-friendly supervillain takes matters into his own hands by stealing every mobile phone in the city which develops into an immense government issue, who sooner or later seeks help from Vasee (Rajinikanth) and his andro-humanoid robot Chitti.

Written and directed by Shankar, it is evident that the storyline of the film is predictable from the glimpses of the trailers and the TV spots that we've already seen. The narrative explicitly moves in the same direction that we prevision and takes no twists and turns to elevate the uncertainty factor. But, for a two-hour fifty-minute runtime, the film doesn't feel like a chore to get through and manoeuvres at a decent pace. Furthermore, on the positive side, Director Shankar utilizes the opportunity of the film's wider reach and expresses a significant yet disturbing message about the current day's environment and subject matters in an engaging fashion.

However, the film's heart, years-long hard work and dedication were clearly exhibited in the visual effects and the special effects department which resulted in a product, unlike anything we've ever seen before in Indian Cinema. The extravagant scale and inventiveness of Shankar and his crew were magnificently brought to life on the silver-screen as every single frame and scene felt like monumental and splendid referring to the production design, cinematography and the creative outreach. On top of that, shot (not converted) in 3D, this film also succeeds in resisting a fierce competition to it's Hollywood counterparts when it comes to the immersive three-dimensional theatre experience rather than being a distraction.

Penultimately narrated only between a limited star cast, Rajinikanth doesn't let you down as far as his Super Star Swag goes. He super quirky one-liners, classic style and mannerisms were all on-point and were utilized flawlessly for entertainment purposes. Akshay Kumar's CGI-filled adversary role lacks emotional depth, but, was never a let-down relating to the thrilling action sequences against his challenger Chitti. On the other hand, Amy Jackson's casting choice was spot on and impeccable as she possesses all the right attributes needed for a female andro-humanoid robot; the good looks, robotic movements and minus the acting skills.

Overall, barring the mundane storyline which is easily predictable from a million miles away, 2.0 flourishes when it comes to its majestic visuals, ostentatious production design along with Shankar's rich visualization and ambitious imagination. The movie has all the right ingredients needed for a commercial entertainer, capped with an important social message and is a real treat watching it on the big screen in 3D format.

Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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