SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
After a long-awaited release, “2.0” is out and has certainly managed to live up to its expectations, and in my opinion definitely surpasses the first installment. The film is quite grand and ambitious and certainly makes a heavy imprint on the science fiction genre of Indian movies.
The basis of the story revolves around cell phones all around India being sucked away, and no one is able to find them, leaving the nation of India in a state of panic. It comes to a point in which the government has no choice but to allow for ‘Chitti’ the iconic robot from the first installment to return – and the story unfolds from there into a plot of vengeance, and vigilantism.
In this movie we are introduced to more than a few prevalent characters aside from the cast we are already familiar with. Nilla, a charismatic, humanoid, robot assistant for Dr. Vaseegaran. Pakshi Raj, played by Akshay Kumar, as an ornithologist who has a strong desire to protect birds. And then there is the vengeance-seeking scientist Dhinendra Bohra. All of who contribute powerful importance towards the general aspect of the film. One of the best is Nilla, played by Amy Jackson as a main supporting character, and performs amazingly. Her appearance as a robot only requires her to act to a certain point, and that itself is done well. In the end, Nilla ends up becoming pivotal towards the climax, when dealing with the…cell phone thief.
There is also ‘Chitti 2.0’, who is ideally the same villainous character shown in ‘Enthiran.” The entire audience was hyped to see his personality return to the film and worked nicely towards the climax. ‘Kutti’ who also plays an important role, was a really funny and interesting character. He has a dark yet heroic character, with a playful attitude, casually irritating and threatening the villain.
Director Shankar has clearly invested an immense amount in the visual aspects of the film, which make up of nearly the entire film. The graphics of the cell phones whether it be when they are stripped from the people, as well as the when the cell phones compile together to create a massive beast – are outstanding – especially when watching in 3D, which I do recommend. The VFX in every scene was spotless, which made watching the movie a splendid experience.
However, there was one small thing I didn’t like, the scientific explanations. The movie is held together by unsound science and heavily revolves around the concept of ‘negative energy,’ ‘positive energy,’ and ‘aura’ although much of that isn’t quite thoroughly explained. Although this can’t quite be considered a fault, due to the extents in which they did attempt to prove said science. There was one thing, however, I did find hilarious, the motion Chitti or any robot for that matter made when they ‘ran.’ To be honest, I don’t know if you can even call that robotic slow pumping of the arms and legs as running but I’ll leave that for you to decide.
The music in this film, composed by AR Rahman’s plays it’s role behind the curtain, due to the lack of many songs. Although, when there are moments in which the music has room to take over, he executes it beautifully. In the end, everything falls into place in the final fight, when both AR Rahman and Director Shankar’s brilliance come together in harmony. With devout imagination, the fight sequences, and music go hand in hand leaving the crowd in awe with its creativity.
The movie ends on a powerful note, on how the radiation emitted from both cell phone towers and cell phones are harming the environment, including all the living things in it. The science in that area is very confounding, on how cell phone companies increase the rate of frequency higher than allowed, merely to reach more ‘subscribers’ as they continually mentioned. I thought it was a powerful statement that deserved to be heard, and was very well implemented into the story. At a certain point, however, Pakshi Raja’s approach to the issue isn’t quite…sane, although his intentions are entirely right. The usage of cell phones should be limited, and cell phone companies should be wary of the harm that radiation can do. In the end, I rate this movie a 9/10. Without a moment’s hesitation, I recommend any of you who have not yet seen this film to purchase tickets in 3D and enjoy to the fullest. I hope you enjoy!