After a long delay, the much-awaited magnum opus 2.0 sets the screens on fire. Shankar’s magnum opus will probably work as a watershed management in realms of 3D, when unnecessarily films (Padmaavat, Race 3, Don 2, Ra.One) are being converted into 3D – here’s a real 3D spectacle. Shankar is a visionary director when it comes to scaling an extravaganza amidst mediocrity. His vision awakens the visual force with finesse, and satisfies the long craving for quality VFX. It’s not a Rajni-film, 2.0 evokes the fifth force in form of Shankar’s aura and grandeur; content takes a backseat and he embraces with a visual extravaganza.
Ornithologist Pakshiraja (Akshay Kumar) returns from death in form a fifth force to take revenge against the mobile radiation causing ill-effects to birds. The Government seeks the help of Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth), who suggests to assemble Chitti to fight against it. Shankar smartly deals with the effects of technology by dumbing down information, but without losing the way while catering to a mass appeal. There’s an interesting conflict and presentation of anti-hero which blurs the line between evil and human force, to find an intriguing hook up it travels through a snooze-fest. The first half is done-to-death Shankar narrative whether it’s Anniyan (2005) or I (2015), the pattern immediately makes a disconnect. 2.0 deals high on technology and low on content since Shankar revokes his pet theme, a wrong individual seeking revenge but with utter conviction which lacks integrity.
2.0 runs tediously for 150 minutes, a stretched pre-interval portion and a cliched flashback sequence which doesn’t evoke any emotions (now I looks triumphant) are major setbacks. But, the last 30 minutes literally set the screen on fire – like Enthiran (2010), where the creativity and graphics were at peak in an over-the-top utopian world, 2.0 steps beyond imagination at places. And I can’t stop raving about the grandeur best experienced in 3D, it soars high shouldering bombastic visual aura. What constantly strikes are the missing key-elements of a Rajni-film, without any mass intro-scene and song sequence – we’re introduced to characters blatantly, it’ll surely disappoint the fans but works for immersion into an intense conflict.Rajinikanth brings charm and life through Chitti 2.0, his humour and inimitable style brought liveliness before I would’ve dozed off. Amy Jackson delivers inept mechanical performance, since she plays a robot. It takes conviction and confidence to play an age-old scientist, Akshay Kumar delivers a terrific performance in a limited role. Since 2.0 deals with a lot of junior artistes, it zones out due to superficial casting; ends on a cringe-worthy note.
Shankar awakens a visual force through his pet narrative, set on an old mount with a fresh paint stroke. 2.0 lacks integrity but it adheres to what Chitti 2.0 exclaims, “I’ll set your screens on fire.” – and remember it’s a utopian world, where serious happenings in Chennai seem normal to passerby and rest of the world. DOT.
Release: 29 November, 2018
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