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Beast (2022) Movie Review: Fight for Life & Revenge

‘Beast’ is a survival thriller of a family on a journey that soon turns into a fight for survival in the wildlands of Africa.

Beast (2022) Movie Review: Fight for Life & Revenge

Beast is the story of a family of two daughters and their father against a vicious lion preying on them. Universal Pictures in India released the movie on Sept 02, 2022. To find out who wins, visit your nearest theatres this week.

Beast Cast

The movie stars Idris Elba as Dr. Nate Samuels, Sharlto Copley as Martin Battles, Iyana Hayley as Meredith Samuels & Leah Jeffries as Norah Samuels. Beast is directed by Baltasar Kormakur from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, based on a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan.


Dr.Nate Samuels is a recent widow with two daughters Meredith & Norah. The family decides to take a trip down to Mopani Reserve in South Africa for a vacation with the hope of healing. Nate reunites with an old friend, Martin Battles who also happens to be Mopani’s Manager and a Wildlife Biologist.

Martin had introduced Nate to his late wife back in the day, he takes the girls and Nate to the village where their mother grew up. We learn that Martin is waging a battle against the poachers at the reserve. These poachers are getting greedy, hunting down all the creatures there including lions. Soon they kill the whole pride, but a lone survivor is left and he is nothing short of revenge on all mankind.

The movie revolves around Nate, Martin, the girls, the poachers, and the hungry lion in a brief battle of horror and survival with a runtime of just 93 mins.

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Beast Movie Review 

Beast (2022) Movie Review: Fight for Life & Revenge

The movie keeps the viewers engaged and questioning what’s coming next. The script never gives away too much, which makes the story far from obvious. For a movie with battles and life turning upside down, the plot is well described which makes the characters very likable.

Overall the movie has a clever & wise vibe to it. The man & the beast are both praiseworthy for their well-balanced characterization and skills. Character development meeting the circumstance of survival is very impressively portrayed. The scene where Idris Elba punches the lion in the face is absolutely phenomenal.

Beast also highlights the evils of poaching and the real threat of environmental damage. The supporting cast is upcoming South African talent. 

The movie does a fantastic job at providing thrills as the camera won’t allow your eyes to rest. The visuals are grand and the battles serve a decent job of balancing out the Samuel family. The huge showcase of African wildlife beauty is striking.

The CGI-developed Lion is a total beast. If you are someone who enjoys a rowdy thriller, then this movie is surely for you. Beast is a fun watch with not-so-fun strikes at wild reality.

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Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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