Review: Even spectacular graphics & star performances fail to lift Shankar's 2.0!
Thursday, November 29, 2018 16:08 IST
By Paras Ghai, Santa Banta News Network
Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey

Director: Shankar

Rating: **

Now, this is too much, I just heard someone say that only Rajinikanth can review his own films?

2.0 is a sequel to the S. Shankar's 2010 Sci-fi Enthiran (Robot). This magnum opus is yet another typical S.Shankar's directorial venture that tells the Indian film fraternity that we too can make decent sci-fi films for our vernacular audiences.

2.0 raises the bar rather high when it comes to being the ninth-most expensive non-English-language film by production cost ($75,000,000) with amazing visual graphics and sound effects but lags a good script. The efforts of the technical team behind this film can be seen on-screen and they do deserve an applause.

There is no doubt that Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar are two great actors that are known for their energetic on-screen presence and they have done justice to their assigned parts with ablazing performances.

We all know that every Akshay Kumar film nowadays comes with a social message and 2.0 is not too different. It talks about the endangered birds that the mobile phones and towers are causing which in turn is harming the ecological food chain on planet earth.

The first 15 minutes of the film uncovers the plot where an old man hangs himself on a mobile phone tower and we learn that he was an ornithologist and a professor who was trying to save the planet by going against the mobile networks that don't comply with the TRAI guidelines whose radiations are killing the birds on our planet.

The first half of the film shows us some amazing visuals on the screen where the mobiles light up the roads and the forests which are a treat to the eyeballs.

The flashback introduces us to the antagonist of the plot Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar) who is a bird made of smartphones that swears to put an end to humanity that uses mobile phones and is harming the ecological balance of our planet. Dr.Vasigaran (Rajinikanth) is left with no choice but to bring Chitti back to life and help save the world. Nila (Amy Jackson) is Dr Vasigaran's humanoid robotic assistant who plays an important part in the film.

The rear end of the first half and the whole second half revolves around the attempts made by Dr.Vasigaran and Chitti 2.0 to end Pakshirajan. Bohra Junior (Sudhanshu Pandey) is the supposed villain of the film who does not have enough onscreen presence and is just another character in the film. The film only revolves around Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson and no other actor in the film has a role that stands out.

Being a Rajinikanth film, it cannot be an easy climax so the writers S.Shankar and B.Jeyamohan introduce the audiences to Kutti 3.0 which is a mini version of Chitti. The film has a little touch of comedy which makes the audience sit through the entire film.

There is no music in the film except one song Rakshassi which is sung by Kailash Kher.

It is clearly a masses film and will get critical acclaim just for the graphics and VFX of the film.

We don't know about the critics but the Box Office collections of Rajinikanth films are a no-brainer and it is sure that Karan Johar is definitely taking a slice from the pie.

The effort put in by S.Shankar in 2.0 deserves a 2-star applause with each star for Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar.

Special Note: Hold your phones tight while reading this review, Pakshirajan might snatch them!
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