Nate (Idris Elba) protects one of his daughters (Lea Sava Jeffries) in

‘Beast’ review: Idris Elba’s creature movie makes you miss Anaconda – New York Post

In the new movie ‘Beast’, a demonic lion gets a layered backstory as Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’.

Why does fearsome Simba kill African villagers for sport, and persistently pursue Nate (Idris Elba) and his two young daughters (Lea Sava Jeffries and Ayanna Haley)? The hunters cut off evils from the pride of the big cat, and he went rogue.

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Show duration: 93 minutes. classified
Rated R (violent content, gory visuals, and some language) in theaters.

I don’t remember feeling bad about the deadly creatures in “Jaws,” “Anaconda,” or “Lake Placid.” But my heart went out to this poor, murderous lion and a widower bent on avenging the death of the gentle cubs and lionesses.

However, this is a movie along the lines of the trio above (in an early scene, one of Nate’s daughters was wearing a “Jurassic Park” shirt) where we want the guy (the good guys, anyway) to win. We didn’t spill one for the shark. No tears were shed for the birds of prey! These stories are full of vibe, not emotionally complex, and this story leaves you reeling in the end.

Nate (Idris Elba) protects one of his daughters (Lea Sava Jeffries) in
Nate (Idris Elba) protects one of his daughters (Lea Sava Jeffries) in “The Beast”.
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Nate brings his daughters to a distant savannah after the death of his ex-wife. The couple spent happy years there – he as a doctor and his wife as a wildlife photographer – and thought it would be good for the kids to connect with the place. What a great idea it turned out to be.

On the first day there, they go on a safari with Nate’s old friend Martin (Sharlto Copley) and the group stumbles upon a savage village full of corpses and finds themselves face to face with Kitty Cat Cujo.

Their car, of course, crashes into a tree and the rest of the movie they are venturing out of it (stupidly), returning in horror and trying and failing to avoid the creature.

Nora (Lea Sava Jeffries) fends off a killer cat.
Nora (Lea Sava Jeffries) fends off a killer cat.
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There are some decent range jump scares, and the Elba delivers a stealthy performance under the circumstances. To add to his character, the writers put him at an emotional distance from his daughters because they believe he abandoned their ailing mother. A great way for a father to win back his children’s love is to protect them from a fierce lion.

But it all comes back to Mr. Whiskers. The CGI animation of the lion is just enough, so even though it scares you, it doesn’t appear to be entirely real. After some early excitement, director Baltasar Kormacor’s film has been discontinued as the creature has no more surprises to offer. He just jumps through the window – again.

And the last epic battle is laughable. In real life, Nate would be killed to death in five seconds.

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