Screenplay and Direction
Technical Effects and Music
A Breathtaking Audio-Visual Powerhouse!
2.0 is a breathtaking audio-visual powerhouse and a fully realized work of director Shankar's lofty filmmaking style. The film easily lives up to the reputation of being the most ambitious Indian motion picture ever.
Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar. Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain, Sudhanshu Pandey & others
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Music: AR Rahman
Art Director: Muthuraj
Makeup Artists: Erin Hawkins & Shabana Latif
VFX: Asymmetric VFX, Baraboom! Studios, Bottleship VFX, Double Negative, Legacy Effects, Prime Focus, Quantum Creation FX
Stunts: Kenny Bates, Nick Powell, Steve Griffin, Stunt Silva
Sound Engineer: Resul Pookutty
Screenplay & Dialogues: Jeyamohan & Shankar
Story & Direction: Shankar
Release Date: 29-11-2018
Run Time: 02:29:00
2.0 is a breathtaking audio-visual powerhouse and a fully realized work of director Shankar’s lofty filmmaking style. The film easily lives up to the reputation of being the most ambitious Indian motion picture ever.
The film opens with the suicide of an unknown man, who the viewers could easily recognize it as Akshay Kumar, under a cell phone tower. Soon after, mobile phones of everyone in the city vanishes in no time and the entire city goes into panic mode. The government requests Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) to activate Chitti, which was dismantled and sent for showcasing at Artifical Intelligence Museum in the climax of 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. What happens when Chitti takes Pakshi Rajan (Akshay Kumar) head-on forms the plot.
Without drifting needlessly, Shankar dives into the story from the first scene itself and establishes his characters properly with appropriate space for everyone. A few minutes into the film is what you need to gauge the quality of the film’s staggering visual effects. The natively acquired 3D format is very pleasant on the eyes despite a barrage of VFX-heavy scenes, high-octane stunt sequences and concept-laden dialogues. The 3D is extremely fluid and looks solid. It’s the kind of movie that one should watch in the intended format of the filmmaker and we assure you that it would be definitely worth it.
The second half forms the significant part of the screenplay and comprises of a poignant, emotional flashback featuring Akshay Kumar and a jaw-dropping 25-minute-long stadium climax sequence which throws a truckload of sweets surprises. From the scene when 2.0 enters the scene, the film moves at a rapid pace with exhilarating action scenes and a drop-dead stunning roller-coaster ride. Shankar’s meticulous effort to make the story as accessible as possible is very evident and it proves once again why he’s a truly visionary filmmaker in Indian Cinema. The kind of gigantic visual effects brought to life through Shankar’s characters is the core strength of the film.
Shankar also puts Rajinikanth’s acting potential to full and best use in a long time. Thalaivar effortlessly pulls off the roles of Chitti, 2.0, Vaseegaran, and a surprise avatar with wide-ranging idiosyncrasies and enjoyable body languages. This is surely THE Rajinikanth film his ardent fans are waiting for since a long time. The final 30 minutes will be a gratifying ride with with Thalaivar’s vintage dialogue delivery, punchlines and inimitable gestures.
Akshay Kumar as Pakshi Rajan has done complete justice to the role. He owns the role of an ornithologist with great ease, especially in the emotional flashback sequence which connects very well and makes us empathize with his character organically. AR Rahman’s background score is another backbone of the film. It elevates a lot of scenes starring Akshay Kumar and lends more weight to the proceedings in the second half.