2.0 (2018)

Summary

2.0 (2018)

Release Date: November 29, 2018
Starring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey
Genres: Action, Science Fiction
Runtime: 149 min
Original Title: 2.0
Original Film Language: தமிழ்
Production Companies: Lyca Productions
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.

Cast 2.0

  • Rajinikanth
  • Role: Dr. Vaseegaran/ Chitti
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Role: Pakshi Rajan
  • Amy Jackson
  • Role: Nila
  • Sudhanshu Pandey
  • Role: Dhinendra "Dhina" Bohra
  • Adil Hussain
  • Role: Home Minister
  • Kalabhavan Shajon
  • Role: Minister of Telecommunications
  • Kaizaad Kotwal
  • Role: Ranjeet Lulla
  • Ishari K. Ganesh
  • Role: Jeyanth Kumar
  • Anant Mahadevan
  • Role: Meeting Chairperson
  • Mayilsamy
  • Role: Minister of Telecommunications' PA
  • Sanchana Natarajan
  • Role: One of the students in Dr.Vaseegaran's lab

Crew 2.0

  • S. Shankar
  • Director
  • Anthony
  • Editor
  • Jeyamohan
  • Dialogue
  • S. Shankar
  • Story
  • S. Shankar
  • Screenplay
  • Nirav Shah
  • Director of Photography
  • A. R. Rahman
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alan Lashbrook
  • Costume Design
  • Subaskaran Allirajah
  • Producer
  • Mohmmad Yunus Ismail
  • Assistant Director
  • Raju Mahalingam
  • Producer
  • Naveen Varadarajan
  • Line Producer
  • Navmeet Singh
  • Line Producer
  • Chandanraj Parayan
  • Production Manager
  • Sawan Solanki
  • Production Manager
  • Tegveer Singh
  • Production Manager
  • Jeyamohan
  • Screenplay
  • Resul Pookutty
  • Sound Designer
  • T Muthuraj
  • Art Direction
  • Jeffrey Henderson
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Bosco Caesar
  • Choreographer
  • Mary E. Vogt
  • Costume Design
  • Lakshmi Saravanakumar
  • Dialogue

Trailer 2.0

2.0 (2018) Movie Review
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2.0 (2018) Movie Review

2.0 was promised as a semi-sequel to 2010’s Endhiran (Robot). It’s good to see that it’s not just a spiritual sequel as it was marketed as but a direct and proper sequel. It just discards Robot’s very last scene set in 2030.
2.0’s plotline/premise is totally irrelevant to its real genius. The film is a technical marvel right from the very first scene with copious use of 3D to make the audience feel like the film is projecting somewhere between the screen and the viewer’s eyes.

The main character in this film is, of course, Chitti the Robot. He is treated like a superhero here. His entry is the matter of fact and now he can pretty much do anything with the only real challenge to Chitti being the rapid way his battery seems to keep discharging. In fact Chitti has no emotional challenges in the film at all. He doesn’t have to give up anything major or improve himself in any way. His 2.0 avatar (the films title character) is just him with the red chip from the last film. The film’s plot and message is lost in Chitti 2.0’s robot antics.

Direction :
The film is made by S.Shankar, one of India’s most innovative filmmakers. This time around, he has kept the film very tight and has not used any of the typical south overacting, humor or songs. In fact, this is the most NONmasala film Shankar has ever made. This is all in the pursuit of making this film truly international in look and feel.
Having said that, the film is a bit one-note and the intensity doesn’t jump up or down, it’s evenly quite intense throughout. This lack of highs and lows can be an issue with the audience who wants to see a complete entertainer. SS Rajamouli avoided this same issue in 2012’s Eega (Makkhi).

Acting :
With time Rajnikanth is getting more and more tepid in his acting. This film had a lot more for his scientist character to do, who is an intellectual and doesn’t have any of the typical Rajni traits. That’s not to say his acting is bad, its just gotten a lot soberer and serious. Even the 2.0 chitti who is almost a villain character refrains from truly going overboard. He is always at the edge of madness and never crosses it.

Akshay Kumar is really good in this film. He totally does justice to his casting in the film and in his backstory, he plays an ornithologist (someone working on birds) modeled on India’s most well-known person in this profession ‘Salim Ali’ who is a Padma Bhushan winner. His acting both as an ornithologist and as a villain is on point. He is menacing as the Birdman character and sympathetic in his backstory. He keeps up with Rajni Sir’s acting and performance so that the clash is between equals.

Amy Jackson’s turn as a humanoid Robot is perfect casting. Amy’s acting is extremely wooden normally, so now that she is playing a robot, she seems adequately robotic. Her character has in place Asimov’s 3 laws and therefore she is not a killer robot like Chitti. So she has a supporting role of protecting Rajni’s scientist character and at times even Chitti. So she isn’t there just for eye candy. But speaking of eye candy, Amy looks really good running around in a form fitted robot suit.

The visual FX :
People on youtube and twitter have both appreciated and made fun of the VFX of this film. Some have said it looks worse than a ps2 video game. This is not true at all. I felt that in 3d the VFX of the film looked very good. There are numerous scenes which have 1000s of cell phones doing impossible things and its animated so well. I have not seen such an idea or execution of such proportions in an Indian or International film till date. The villain is made up of cell phones and that god damn difficult to achieve. Every part of him is an individual mobile phone. The phone is rigid and cannot bend, so I can imagine how difficult animating this must have been.

Rating :
This movie could have been a nine for me, but it messes up some key moments. So for Rajni sir’s and Akshay’s acting, the action and awesome VFX and innovative ideas, this movie is an easy

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