Beast – Budget of $36 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes
Dr. Nate travels to a remote jungle in Africa with his two daughters, Norah and Meridith. Their mother died a year ago, so Nate wants to connect with them by showing them their mother’s home. The three meet up with Martin, a childhood friend of their mother, and settle into his home. Meridith is upset because she felt abandoned when their mom got cancer and died. Norah plays referee between Meridith and Nate.
On their first outing, Martin takes them to a large rock formation with a lion pride he studies. Martin gets out of the car and walks toward the leader. The girls watch in fear as the lion runs towards Martin, but they relax when the lion hugs him. The lion recognizes and plays with Martin. Martin moves closer and sees a gash on one of the females’ front paws. Martin wants to examine it, but she snarls a warning to stay away. Martin explains a poacher must have hurt her, plans to help later, and gets in his car. They drive to their mother’s old village to find it empty. Martin, Nate, Norah, and Meridith look around, and Martin yells at Nate to keep the girls away from a nearby market. Nate goes inside and sees dozens of people slaughtered and mulled. Martin doesn’t understand why a lion would kill an entire village and not eat the kill. They find a wounded man on the side of the road, and the man warns them the devil is in the jungle. Martin grabs his gun and heads into the brush to look for survivors.
Nate attends to the man, but he dies. Nate grabs the gun, tells his daughters to wait in the car, and goes to find Martin. Nate hears Martin screaming to get in the truck. Nate runs to the vehicle with the Beast behind him. The massive lion slams into, climb on, and claws at the car. Meridith grabs the wheel to drive away but crashes it. Nate gets a call on his walkie-talkie from Martin. Martin is severely injured but sees the lion staring at him from above. The lion is using Martin as bait. Nate swears to get Martin back and get his girls home safely. But with no car and an angry lion on the prowl, how can they survive the jungle?
First, THIS MOVIE DOES NOT GLORIFY POACHING. Let’s repeat. THIS MOVIE DOES NOT GLORIFY POACHING. Secondly, parents beware. This film depicts disobedient children making dumb decisions and amplifying the problem. You will enjoy this film if you are a fan of Jaws or Cujo (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The director increased the intensity with long tracking shots during critical moments, so you become a part of the hunt. You can’t miss the beginning because it explains what happened to this animal. It wasn’t a drug or genetic testing that made this lion go on the warpath. Poachers killed the lion’s entire family. So, the lion learned to seek revenge and hunt for sport. Also, this movie discusses anti-poachers and the lion’s importance to the local’s economy. Killing the animals for their teeth, claws, or bones harms the environment and the villagers’ financial institutions. Yes, the script and fight scenes are farfetched, but they make for a good time in the theater. This movie won’t win awards, but it’s a much-needed escape with a few jump scares to get your adrenaline pumping.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I was the one who packed your suitcase, dad – Merideth
It’s the law of the jungle. It’s the only law that matters – Martin
Why do you have to be such a daredevil – Norah
Always thinking ahead. That’s what I like about you – Nate
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