2.O : Absolute high on technique & special effects, but low on story

By Stuti sardana

( 3.5 / 5 Stars )
Director- Shankar
Producer- Lyca Productions
Cast- Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson
Run Time- 150 minutes, Language- Tamil, Hindi
Music- A.R Rehman
Release Date-29th November 2018

Two Point O, eight years after ‘Robot’, is a reboot of the good robots and bad humans theme, with the add-on of a hot issue- the environment, and the role of mobile phones in destroying it. Dr.Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) and his android assistant Nila (Amy Jackson) are called in for help after mobiles start mysteriously flying out of the hands of people in Chennai. Vaseegaran summons his trusted robot Chitti (Rajinikanth) to ward off the supernatural powers of the birdman Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar). He is on a revenge spree after the world doesn’t pay heed to his advice of saving birds, and is on a mode of killing network chiefs and corrupt ministers who gave the chiefs permission and power.

The extravagant film of Indian Cinema 2.O, with the heaviest budget of more than 500 crores, is completely a science fiction action film, which is tremendous in technique & special effects. It has set the new benchmarks as far as technology is concerned. Akshay as the monster bird &Rajinikanth in the double roles of Scientist and his alter ego Robot definitely nailed the show. Still the disappointment comes on the story part. Despite of having a unique & interesting storyline with a social message, the film fails to deliver a catchy story & screenplay overall.

Rajinikanth’s legacy is very well taken forward by presenting him in his popularly prevailed image of ultra-superhero who is ever young, with his dialogues full of punches, and his presence dominating the narrative. Akshay’s make-up & look is worth watching, and he delivers a solid performance as antagonist. The twists and surprises of 2.0 are predictable and the fact that the story follows the template set by the first film, doesn’t really add to the experience. But there are several moments in the movie that are quite memorable too.

The stretched climax of the film is another shortcoming, but the another level of 3D visuals &Atmos sound covers up for every fall. Director Shankar sticks admirably to the plot, with no time for melodrama or song sequences, which made up the cheesiest parts of most of the entertainment films. The logics explained through science in the film are also not convincing enough, but then we even don’t expect Rajini’s films to be high in Logical quotient. But successfully meets up with the hypes & expectations of a super expensive high technology film. Overall a good effort with 2 big names, the film is of new era for sure.

Special Notes

  • Sequel to Ethiran/Robot of 2010
  • Few wow moments & spectacular scenes
  • Amy Jackson looks cute & pretty entirely her screen presence
  • R Rehman’s music & background score is another highlight on