Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 is here. See what public is saying!
The much-awaited Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 is here. The sci-fi film, which tells the tale of a clash between good and evil, released on Thursday in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. The early audience reviews indicate that it is a visual extravaganza with some adding that the social message is good as well.
Leading the bandwagon was, of course, Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya who tweeted on Wednesday night: “OH MY GOD 2.0 IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!”
Deep into the night, Rajinikanth himself took to Twitter to wish the film well and wrote: “Three cheers to team #2.0 …. The magnificent day has arrived !!”
Fans seem to have loved the VFX and 3D with some calling it a cinematic spectacle.
Pakshi Raju is completely taken in by the spectacle. “#2point0 Blockbuster..Very good 1st Half and Excellent 2nd Half.. Climax is Awestruck!! #3Point0 @shankarshanmugh.”
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
2.0 Synopsis: An ornithologist who commits suicide returns as fifth force to wreack vengeance on mankind for harming birds with mobile phone radiation. The only thing that is standing in his way is 2.0, the upgraded version of Chitti, the robot.
2.0 Review: What would it be like if the characters from Endhiran find themselves inside the plot of a typical Shankar movie? 2.0 is what you would get. Using his pet theme – a wronged individual taking revenge on the people who ruined his life (or in this case, the birds he cares for) – the director gives us a film that is part sci-fi, part horror, part vigilante movie and part special effects spectacle.
The film begins with an old man committing suicide from atop a mobile phone tower. We are then introduced to scientist, Dr Vasigaran (Rajinikanth) and his now assistant Nila (Amy Jackson), a humanoid robot. Soon, mobile phones start flying off the shelves and out of everyone’s hands, and Vasigaran is called in to investigate this mysterious occurrence. And when a giant bird, made up of mobile phones, starts attacking the city, the scientist is forced to bring back Chitti (Rajinikanth), the now dismantled robot.
The plot of 2.0 feels familiar; in fact too familiar. There is no mystery in the supernatural occurrences that we see on screen, and for the entire first half, we are forced to wait for the mandatory flashback involving Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar), the ornithologist who is the old man who we saw at the start of the film. Even the flashback doesn’t hit us hard emotionally the way similar episodes in the director’s Indian and Gentleman made us feel. There is a distinct sense of just going through the motions in the first half, which unfolds like a generic horror movie – except that here, the spirit gets a sci-fi explanation and is described as a person’s aura, made up of micro-photons.
But, plot is not what we go to Shankar’s films for these days. It is the grand canvas in which this director mounts his oft-told stories that makes us look forward to his films. And in 2.0, we get spectacle that is satisfying. In the first half, we get some striking visuals – mobile phones crawling on the road, a forest of glowing phones, a monstrous bird that crackles with energy. There are also visual nods to Hollywood films like Alien (a mobile phone bursting out of a man’s stomach), Terminator 2 (a seemingly indestructible entity that regroups itself) and even Ghostbusters (a contraption that Vasigaran designs to trap the aura). The visual effects, barring a few instances, are competently realised, and the 3D is quite immersive without causing a strain on our eyes.
And yet, despite the entry of Chitti (Rajinikanth), the film seems to be missing a je ne sais quoi. We get an extravagant clash between Chitti and the giant bird, but that’s all. Unlike its predecessor, the film doesn’t find a way to inject humour and inventiveness into the proceedings. Barring a reference to the famous dialogue from Nayakan, the lines are hardly memorable, and the characters pretty functional. The sub-plot involving Dhirendra Bhora (Sudhanshu Pandey), the son of the first film’s villain, Dr Bhora, is underdeveloped. That said, Shankar, who is known for his song picturisation, wisely refrains from introducing songs into this narrative.
It is only with the entry of 2.0 (Rajini, again), which happens a little late than it should have, that the film gets some much-needed energy. As he did in the first film, Rajinikanth digs into this role with his inimitable style and performs with relish. There is even a self-referential punchline that he utters after Nila tells him that he is no longer the No 1, that sends fans into a tizzy. Akshay Kumar is also a solid presence as the antagonist whose heart is in the right place. And the climactic battle between 2.0 and Pakshiraja ensures that we get the bangs we deserved for our bucks. Even though some of the surprises in this segment have been let out in the trailer, Shankar manages to pack in a cute, little surprise that’s 3.0 aka Kutti. If only had he found a way to get these two characters into his plot earlier, 2.0 would have soared.