Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Runtime: 92 minutes
Cast: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries
Synopsis: A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.
Icelandic actor, theatre and film director, Baltasar Kormákur [101 Reykjavík (2000),The Sea (2002), A Little Trip to Heaven (2005), Contraband (2012), 2 Guns (2013), Everest (2015)] brings plenty of edge-of-your-seat action in Beast with its fearsome fight for survival when a lion – a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who have made him see all humans as the enemy – goes on the rampage in South Africa.
Idris Elba [Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), The Suicide Squad (2021) Luther TV (2010-2019)] stars in this pulse-pounding new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator. Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles [Sharlto Copley – Russian Doll TV series (2022) Maleficent (2014)], an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a most fearsome fight for survival.
Iyana Halley [Licorice Pizza (2021), This Is Us TV series (2021-2022)] plays Daniels’ 18-years-old daughter, Meredith, and Leah Sava Jeffries [(Rel TV series (2018-2019), Empire TV series (2015-2016 )] plays his 13-year-old, Norah.
The film is written by Ryan Engle from a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan with beautiful camerawork by Philippe Rousselot and Baltasar Breki Samper.
There are strong performances – especially from Sharlto Copley and the charismatic Idris Elba, grappling with a huge lion. The film is an effective survival thriller, part-horror, environmental comment and part-family conflict drama where Idris Elba’s failed father finds redemption, when sometimes the rustle in the bushes actually is a monster.
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