Beast Review: Idris Elba Shines in the Survival Thriller

by Hailey Greg
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Survival Thriller

Idris Elba starrer Beast has been released in cinemas worldwide and the survival thriller is receiving rave reviews left, right and center. The film is directed by Baltasar Kormakur and Ryan Engle has written the script of the film which is based on a story by Jaime Primak Sulivan. While it may look like just another run-of-the-mill thriller, Beast does not have an exaggerated storyline to pretend to be something it’s not. 

The story follows Dr. Nate Samuels, played by Idris Elba, who is a medical doctor by profession. He decides to take his daughters Meredith and Norah, played by Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries, respectively, on a vacation to South Africa. He believes that this trip to their deceased mother’s homeland will help the family recover their strained relationship. In South Africa, Nate reunites with his friend Martin, portrayed by Sharlto Copley, who manages a game preserve while Nate and his daughters explore the wildlife. However, their little adventure is short-lived as a vengeful rogue lion attacks everyone as a revenge on poachers who killed his pride. The family is stuck and must find a way out. Nate is already struggling to know his way around his daughters and this time, he doesn’t want to disappoint them. 

Beast has managed to live up to the audience’s expectations and with some remarkable performances by its cast, it is jam-packed with action and suspense and has enough jump scares to keep you on the edge of your seats throughout the entire runtime. These jump scares keep the suspense alive, especially in one particular scene where Nate and Norah search for medical supplies in one of the rooms and as they pass by the doors, they leave it open behind them. Light shines through and the tension builds up as the audience can see lions coming through those doors at any moment. The scene is a longer one and keeps the audience hooked to screen just waiting for that very moment for the beast to attack. Scenes like this make it a decent survival thriller to calm the adventurous side of yours. 

While Nate and his daughters must find a way to survive, they are also dealing with personal conflicts that are another risk to their lives. Their interactions and even tension-filled silence adds more depth to the story. However, their relationships could have been explored to a greater extent with a few flashbacks here and there. 

The main focus is on their survival and Nate specifically being there for his daughters in a way he could not be there before. Beast keeps the audience engaged with suspense and drama before the rogue lion makes you jump off your seat out of nowhere.  

Overall, Beast is a good film especially for those who love to watch suspense thrillers. The film got released in the cinemas on August 19 and has a runtime of 93 minutes. Make sure you watch it on the big screen to experience the best of this survival thriller. 

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