Rent Beast (2022)

2.9 of 5 from 228 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
Idris Elba stars in this pulse-pounding thriller as a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa on a long-planned trip to a game reserve. What begins as a journey of healing turns into a fearsome fight for survival as he and his daughters find themselves hunted by a massive, rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator.
Actors:
Liyabuya Gongo, , , , Chris Langa, Mduduzi Mavimbela, , , Kazi Khuboni, , , , , Ronald Mkwanazi, Naledi Mogadime, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Baltasar Kormákur, James Lopez, Will Packer
Writers:
Ryan Engle, Jaime Primak Sullivan
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/11/2022
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Creating the 'Beast'
  • Man vs. Lion: The Final Battle
  • Making it Real: The Wounds
  • Filming in the Beast's Territory
  • Family Bond: The Cast of 'Beast'
  • A Lion's Pride
  • And More
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/11/2022
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, German Dolby Atmos, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Creating the 'Beast'
  • Man vs. Lion: The Final Battle
  • Making it Real: The Wounds
  • Filming in the Beast's Territory
  • Family Bond: The Cast of 'Beast'
  • A Lion's Pride
  • And More

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Reviews (3) of Beast

Average Creature Feature - Beast review by GI

Spoiler Alert
28/04/2023

A typical B movie creature feature much like the popular films of the 70s such as Orca (1977) and obviously Jaws (1975) although here we have a weak story and a faintly ridiculous scenario. Idris Elba (playing American for some unknown reason) is a widowed Doctor (this comes in very handy when the wounds start appearing) who takes his two teenage daughters to Africa to visit a wildlife biologist friend (Sharlto Copley). On a trip out into the bush they encounter a very angry and vengeful lion, which then stalks them for the rest of the film. Throw in some sacrificial poachers and a stupid fist fight with the lion and there you have it. It's not very scary, the lion is a bit anti climactical and the two teenage girls continually keep putting themselves in danger making them very annoying! The CGI lion is done rather well but for a film in this sub genre it's very average and Crawl (2019) was far better.

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One of the better films with 'Beast' as the title ... - Beast review by NP

Spoiler Alert
26/05/2023

Idris Elba gains an American accent for his role as Nate Samuels, doctor, and lion fighter (wisely opting for a ‘soft’ inflection), and is very effective in this nicely directed, fast-moving thriller. He’s ably supported by Sharlto Copley as Martin, and Leah Jeffries and Iyana Halley as his daughters Norah and Meredith.

Visually, the production is near flawless, with the various lions presented as a mixture of real-life and commendably restrained CGI, and the story is a good rush of increasingly dangerous situations.

I read some criticisms that the youngsters behave in an illogical manner. My argument is that bad decisions have long been a lynchpin of this kind of film, even before Dwight Frye’s Renfield ignored the impassioned advice of the locals and decided to travel to the castle in 1931’s ‘Dracula’. If everyone had behaved sensibly and stayed where they were and waited for help, what a short and uneventful film it would be. My score is 8 out of 10.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Silly Beast - Beast review by Pork Chop Express

Spoiler Alert
31/05/2023

Edris Elba is fairly watchable even with his stupid American accent. The actor who plays the game keeper you will recognise and is fairly entertaining if slightly underplayed when almost mortally wounded. The central character's daughters are written as completely stupid and inept and played by poor actresses.

Basically the actors do the most stupid things to put themselves in danger every 5 mins its really difficult not to get annoyed and start shouting at the screen. Example: fighting a wounded lion whilst in a wounded condition with a knife, getting out of a car when people have been mauled and have died in the road.

The lion effects are great but I wish I hadn't bothered starting to watch this. Really badly written.

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Critic review

Beast review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Beast is a movie that promises one thing and does it so well. Within all the marketing are Idris Elba and a tiger, all posters and trailers pointing to the two of them clashing in the African wilderness. If that’s all you’re looking for, this stellar picture knows precisely what it’s trying to be and puts in just enough grunt work to make an enjoyable thrill ride. While it has the staging of a B-movie, it also has the gumption to make the scenario believable and free of easy absurdity.

Elba plays Nate, a man with a conflicted past that he’s trying to fix. He divorced his wife at the worst time, as she later died from cancer. Feeling guilty for not being more present, he tries to mend the relationship with his two daughters. He’s hoping a trip to South Africa around his familiar territory with a familiar friend, Martin (Sharlto Copley), will heal some old wounds. It doesn’t go as smoothly as Nate had hoped, but Nate’s wife’s stories and admiring the African wildlife’s wonders seem to please his daughters.

A tour turns deadly when Martin suspects danger. He arrives at a nearby village where the entire population has been brutally massacred. They later discover that a lion is behind all this bloodshed, far different from the friendlier yet defensive lions that Nate and his daughters saw earlier. This lone lion has been separated from his pack after poachers killed them off. With nothing to lose, the lion goes on a killing spree with Nate and his family as prime targets.

There are a lot of incredible sights to witness in the South African setting, but the real meat of the picture is watching Elba defend his friend and family from a monstrous lion. There’s a daring chase as the lion mounts the vehicle and sends the car crashing. There’s an intense scurry through a swamp as night falls and the lion stalks, with Elba trying to remain covert. Poachers throw a wrench into the survival, and things start getting hairy once the crashed car starts tipping. Eventually, Nate realizes he can’t run for much longer and directly challenges the lion in a brutal showdown as the sunrises.

This type of survival horror has slowly been coming back into fashion, with modern movies like The Shallow and Crawl creeping into cinemas. While not precisely the most biting of horror, it’s still an entertaining romp for the competency at play. There was a time when creature features such as these were cheap and goofy movies, where a premise such as this would either lead to awkward acts with a real lion or ridiculous scenes with somebody in a fur costume. The CGI visual effects are so competent here that there’s rarely a moment that takes you out of the thrills of watching a lion try to claw its way into a jeep to feast on the humans inside.

A negative criticism of this film might be that it offers little outside the allure of Elba versus the lion, as the haunting elements of the past are only minorly explored. But, hey, if you’re going to make a film about such a simple idea, it might as well be done right and carry some explosive thrills. And, wow, director Baltasar Kormákur delivers on that here with a violent and exciting romp of pitting man against nature. I didn’t come for some great contemplation on man’s encroaching nature into the wilderness or the decay brought forth by poachers. I came to watch Elba take on a lion with a knife, and I got that thrilling sight.

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