Beast (2022)
August 27, 2022 7:02 AM - Subscribe

Nate (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.

Also starring Sharlto Copley.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Now playing in theaters.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Man, the commercials for this do not make it look good in the least. More like an "Idris needs to make a boat payment" project.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:57 AM on August 29, 2022 [2 favorites]

That's exactly where we are at on this. The trailer bores us. My kid keeps calling it Safari Cujo.

That said, the reviews are mostly good. Whether my kid and I see this in the theater will largely be a function of whether we run out of better choices before its run ends.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:41 AM on August 29, 2022 [2 favorites]

I haven't watched this yet but the concept puts me in mind of a Gary Larson cartoon of one of the three pigs on trial after the wolf comes down his chimney: "Did you know my client is an endangered species, Mr. Pig, while you yourself are nothing more than a walking side of ham?"
posted by biffa at 11:28 AM on August 29, 2022 [1 favorite]

This is one of those movies where characters are faced with a choice and almost always make the wrong one, sometimes the obviously wrong one. About 2/3 through it had already become so ridiculous that I felt like it worked better as a comedy, and I wanted the ending to be the three main characters boarding the plane back home only to find the lion in the pilot's seat wearing a captain's hat.
posted by johnofjack at 6:36 PM on August 16, 2023

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