Beast movie review.

In his previous films, Kolamaavu Kokila and Doctor, director Nelson mined humour out of situations that hardly would have come across as funny on paper.

In Beast, too, he takes a backdrop that is serious - a hostage situation - and tries to make it funny. But this time, he is far from successful.

In fact, the film barely delivers the laughs in the places where it should have been funny and makes us break into a laugh whenever it tries to be a mass hero movie.

The film does begin promisingly. We get a prologue involving Veera Raghavan, a senior RAW officer who ends up psychologically scarred following a mission to capture a most-wanted terror mastermind.

He leaves the organisation and is trying to get rid of his demons, but then, the mall which he is at with his girlfriend Preethi (Pooja Hegde) is taken over by terrorists.

The government's negotiator Althaf Hussain (a wry Selvaraghavan) manages to coax Veera into taking up the rescue mission, but can he succeed?

The problem with Beast is that it has a protagonist who is too strong given a mission that never seems to be a challenge.

The terrorists hardly seem dangerous (they barely kill anyone, even when trying to put fear in the hearts of the hostages),

And the mission hardly comes across as something of a daunting task for a daredevil like Veera.

None of the hijackers have any personality, including their leader Saif (Ankur Ajit Vikal).

"Innum konjam tough kuduthurukalam," Veera tells Saif towards the end of the film, and it only highlights how weak the antagonist in the film is.


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