‘2.0’ Movie Review: A bonafide superhero movie which keeps you hooked at every turn
‘Thugs of Hindostan’ showed that a big budget and some swanky VFX cannot elevate a bad story. ‘2.0’ doesn’t fall into the same trap. In 3D, ‘2.0’s grandeur is overwhelming and you’re left open mouthed in most of the scenes. And with a typical comic book story, ‘2.0’ doesn’t waver from what it promises and keeps you hooked at every turn.
The plot of the film revolves around Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar), who loves birds unconditionally. He cries himself hoarse trying to convince people to stop using mobile phones as its radiation harms birds. When his requests fall on deaf ears, he takes the evil route. Like you’ve seen in the trailer, all mobile phones start disappearing in the sky. It’s a national calamity and not even the army can be of any help. Enter Dr. Vaseegaran and his Robot Chitti, to take on the might of Pakshirajan.
Like most VFX heavy movies, there is destruction all around (it’s extremely awe-inspiring in 3D) and there’s a juicy showdown at the end which is probably one of the best action climaxes in Bollywood history. The storytelling style is reminiscent of most South films (one man army types), and you have to doff your hat to the editor for never beating around the bush. Even the background score proves to be a winner, and you love the swish swash mood it creates.
As far as performances are concerned, Rajinikanth does what he does best – delivers quick dialogues with style and projects a superhero image with panache. Akshay Kumar doesn’t have much to do in the first half (he does impact the story in a big way though), and the screen time he gets is much lower than Rajinikanth.
Out of everyone, I think this film will be most liked by children. In fact, some of it took me back to my childhood days where I used to read comic books and animated TV shows with similar plotlines. So if you have a kid who is old enough to enjoy cartoons, do take them out for a mesmerizing experience.
If you’re someone who likes films to be logical and find it difficult to suspend your belief, you’ll probably walk out dissatisfied from this film.