The big day is finally here! The magnum opus, the film of the year, '2.0' has finally hit the screens. Starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, the film is a sci-fi flick that is not bound to any genre. It has been director Shankar's labour of love and the hype has been massive, so let's take a look at how it has fared.
The film begins with Akshay Kumar's character in human form as he hangs himself from a cell phone tower. His demise is soon followed by cell phones mysteriously disappearing all across the city. As people panic, Dr Vaseegaran, played by Rajinikanth, is called in to investigate this strange phenomenon.
The movie's plot is about man's overdependence on technology, particularly cell phones and how this has a negative impact on wildlife. As the cell phones keep disappearing, certain people connected to providing networks across the city are found dead in mysterious circumstances. Dr Vaseegaran with his brilliant mind deducts the source of the anomaly to be the mysterious fifth force, which is a kind of aura. It is this aura that is controlling the devices and to defeat this force, he proposes the resurrection of Chitti, the robot. The rest of the plot is, of course, about the robot facing off against the force as it assumes the form of a human, giant bird and many other things. It also sends a social message on the ill-effects of using cell phones.
The film is a visual spectacle, there's no doubt in that. Watching the film in 3D was akin to witnessing a big budget Hollywood film. This film is a must watch in 3D! Rajinikanth rules the screen from frame one as the scientist, the benevolent robot and finally as 2.0, the evil robot with an attitude. His charisma is awe-inspiring and anyone can appreciate why he is so revered down South. The action sequences are jaw-droppingly spectacular, especially the final set-piece in a stadium. However, the film suffers somewhat when it comes to plot. '2.0' seems to have a genre confusion as it starts as a murder mystery, then becomes a full-fledged action flick. Akshay Kumar is good as Pakshirajan, the ornithologist who has a beef against humans for killing his precious birds, but the message seems preachy and overdone. Amy Jackson did a pretty great job as a robot Nila and provided a few laughs here and there with her antics. However, visual spectacle and grandeur aside, a tighter screenplay and editing could have made this film much better. Overall, '2.0' is not the film of the year, but it is definitely worth your buck if you are looking for some mindless entertainment!
Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain, Sudhanshu Pandey
What works: Set pieces, visual effects.
What doesn't: Story and screenplay.
Watch trailer here