Beast

A recently widowed man and his two teenage daughters travel to a game reserve in South Africa. However, their journey of healing soon turns into a fight for survival when a bloodthirsty lion starts to stalk them.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Idris Elba, Leah Jeffries, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Riley Keough, Melanie Jarnson, Amara Miller, Dorian Hedgewood, Anzor Alem, Damon Burtley, Hudson Anne-Black, Billy Gallagher, Kate Grisley, Robby MacIsaac, Travis Lemrick, Anzor Alem, Martin Munro, Liyabuya Gongo, Daniel Hadebe, Thapelo Sebogodi, Chris Langan, Mduduzi Mavimbela, Chris Gxalaba, Kazi Khuboni, Chris Langa
  • Director: Baltasar Korm├íkur
 Comments
  • markmonforte - 10 January 2023
    Why oh Why??!!
    Wow! A perfect example of a movie that leaves every character without common sense.

    I felt bad for Idris Elba being in this movie. He is so much better than this.

    The writing is like a high school play. You are forced to sit through it, doesn't make sense, and the use of blooper footage so they wouldn't have to reshoot.

    This truly shows what kids are like today. 1. Don't pay attention to their surroundings and 2. Act as if they know how and what to do only to make things worse.

    I made my way watching the entire movie and caught myself rooting for the lion. I wished death for all the characters and the lion fulfilled its destiny.
  • cardsrock - 10 January 2023
    Not as bad as others are whining about
    No, this isn't Jaws, but it certainly isn't a 1/10 all time failure. A good chunk of the film is entertaining and well-filmed. It gets a little ridiculous near the end, but up to that point, bar some dumb decision-making, it's not a bad film. The one-shot technique lends a perspective of feeling like a participant in the savannah horror which was pretty neat.

    Yes, the daughters are unbearably annoying, but Idris being his usual cool self counterbalances a lot of that. Take the family drama stuff out of the movie and it's a pretty tight, engaging thriller. Beast is far from the worst movie to come out this year and there are far worse ways to spend 90 minutes.
  • cjclongland - 7 January 2023
    Lions are not house cats
    Would have given it a 0 if I could. As a South African with some basic knowledge of the African wilderness and film making in general, this movie was offensively bad. I watched it while flying Internationally and put it off after 30 minutes to listen to other passengers snoring instead. In those 30 minutes I saw: 1. A deaf lion herd that cannot smell or see a group of poachers all traveling with flashlights and bush vehicles 2. A child on safari holiday randomly insulting her father for not being able to cure her mother's incurable cancer 3. A field guide using a tranquilizer gun to protect visitors approaching a herd of lions in the wilderness on foot (This actually made me LOL) 4. A dude hugging and playing with a wild lion that somehow remembers him from it's childhood 5. Hollywood's uncanny ability to make South Africa seem like it has skipped the past 100 years of Technological evolution

    Unbearable. I could not watch any further. At some stage I thought is this a parody? Lions are not house cats and Africa might have corrupt leaders and struggling economies, but we are not trapped in the Dark Ages over here.
  • jrkdany - 6 January 2023
    Assault on common sense
    I made the mistake of watching this after reading some good reviews here. The first 10 or 15 minutes is the only saving grace for this abomination. This should be in top 5 movies where the characters are stupid and annoying.

    Elba goes in search of a poacher who he assumes must have been liked by the lion. He does this in the dead of night in the middle of a jungle where the lion is still out there. He walks through a lake in the dark where there were crocodiles as if he is walking from bedroom to bathroom. The ranger character who is supposed to be helping them becomes first victim by being dumb.

    I'm surprised this is made by the same director who made Everest.

    I remember watching another lion based movie called Prey which i felt was dumb but this gives a good competition for that.
  • jcferns_kwt - 2 January 2023
    Movie made by those who don't know anything about Big Wild Cats
    Dumb and amature acting equally supported by story and screenplay with repeated dialogues and lousy directing.

    If you see the trailer you will feel its something in line with Ghost and the Darkness. But when you watch it ...you will be a ghost seeing darkness. Its the stupidest movie about African Wildlife I have ever watched.

    Main cast shows his foolishness bravery and not forgetting his kids they are like watch one foolishness get other free. So in total you get 3 foolish braves for Christmas movie watching.

    I had high hopes cos of Edris Alba but he was big disappointment didn't fit in the role.
  • heathergibson89 - 1 January 2023
    If anyone can beat a lion then surely it's got to be Idris Elba?
    From the first glance of this film's front cover you have to accept that this is probably going to be somewhat farfetched. Perhaps if there was any other actor running at that lion it wouldn't have even made my watched list. However, if anyone can beat a lion then surely it's got to be Idris Elba?

    From the first couple of minutes we had guessed how the story was going to pan out. It took longer to work out what sort of accent Idris Elba's character Dr Nate Daniels had and whether we could take it for a whole 90 minutes. Once we decided we could, we moved onto shaking our heads at every idiotic move made and analysing exactly what the characters should have been doing instead. (Based on our extensive lion attack survival skills.)

    The most exhilarating moment of the film saw the youngest daughter stab the lion with the tranquilliser dart and in those few seconds of joy we cheered at finally being surprised.

    We also enjoyed the touching yet hair raising moment between Sharlto Copley's character, Martin Battles, and the two male lions. Whilst at the same time still agreeing how crazy it was.

    Wrestling a lion and being clawed half to death...well, Dr Nate Daniels will have some toe curling stories to tell when he return home. His friends will never believe him.

    And that right there lies the problem.
  • jwscott-home - 1 January 2023
    Even critic summarys on your site aren't near 600 words.
    Even critic summarys on your site aren't near 600 words. So I'm having a really hard time figuring out the logic of requiring laymen critics are supposed to write 600 words about a typical movie? Seriously? You guys are very strange. Just remove it. I'm not going to type nor read 600 word reviews. Who the has time to read several. I mean you wouldn't want to read just one review duh. Who came up with this idea.. fire them immediately and tell them they are likely the most incompetent person to ruin a perfectly good review site. Lol just blows my mind. BEASTS A GREAT B MOVIE. We forget that entertainment isn't always complicated. Even critic summarys on your site aren't near 600 words. So I'm having a really hard time figuring out the logic of requiring laymen critics are supposed to write 600 words about a typical movie? Seriously? You guys are very strange. Just remove it. I'm not going to type nor read 600 word reviews. Who the has time to read several. I mean you wouldn't want to read just one review duh. Who came up with this idea.. fire them immediately and tell them they are likely the most incompetent person to ruin a perfectly good review site. Lol just blows my mind. BEASTS A GREAT B MOVIE. We forget that entertainment isn't always complicated. Even critic summarys on your site aren't near 600 words. So I'm having a really hard time figuring out the logic of requiring laymen critics are supposed to write 600 words about a typical movie? Seriously? You guys are very strange. Just remove it. I'm not going to type nor read 600 word reviews. Who the has time to read several. I mean you wouldn't want to read just one review duh. Who came up with this idea.. fire them immediately and tell them they are likely the most incompetent person to ruin a perfectly good review site. Lol just blows my mind. BEASTS A GREAT B MOVIE. We forget that entertainment isn't always complicated. Even critic summarys on your site aren't near 600 words. So I'm having a really hard time figuring out the logic of requiring laymen critics are supposed to write 600 words about a typical movie? Seriously? You guys are very strange. Just remove it. I'm not going to type nor read 600 word reviews. Who the has time to read several. I mean you wouldn't want to read just one review duh. Who came up with this idea.. fire them immediately and tell them they are likely the most incompetent person to ruin a perfectly good review site. Lol just blows my mind. BEASTS A GREAT B MOVIE. We forget that entertainment isn't always complicated.
  • coltonalbrittonfelts - 31 December 2022
    Leah Jeffries ... The Directors failed you
    Leah Jeffries acting was not very good... she was just very nonchalant in intense moments and it totally ruined the movie. She's young and I wish her the best, but the directors failed her and the audience by approving some of those scenes. Both Idris and Sharlto we're great in their respective roles. Iyana Halley was great and shows great promise for her age. Even the story had promise but there were so many missteps when it came to writing. CGI was good. The ending was not. I'm surprised this movie is rated so high on rotten tomatoes. At the end of the day, it was not very scary as the trailers built it up to be and for that reason, plus the bad acting and poor writing. Just pass. Not a lot of fun watching.
  • brianhenneman-88147 - 31 December 2022
    Just one stupid decision after another.
    I just don't think rational people would make the same series of ridiculous, asinine, foolish, idiotic decisions these clowns made in dealing with the lion. It boggles the mind, it's almost like they wanted to die. I really wanted to like this movie, but the amount of incompetence just prevented me from suspending disbelief. I don't normally say stuff like this, but after about 30 minutes I was cheering for the lion. This movie really isn't worth your time. I'm surprised Idris Elba would sign onto such a cornball flick like this. I thought he had higher standards than this. CGI was pretty good.
  • cromaine-11970 - 31 December 2022
    A thrilling experience of the night of the jungle
    Do we remember the Michael Douglas and Van Kilmer starter "The Ghost and the Darkness".

    That movie sent chills down my spine.

    Well "Beast" does exactly the same.

    A simple story about a Dad and his 2 daughters, return back to the village of their mom.

    The story is well written and is portrayed well to touch upon the topics of how indeed animals can foster a relationship with humans who have been kind to them and how also due to greed and lack of governance the evil of poaching is breaking this beautiful bond between nature and humans.

    The movie captures every intricate detail of what it intends to portray. The story is quite simple. Lion goes rogue and humans are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Resilience needs to prevail. For this simple nature I say watch it. The lions sudden attacks and the beast itself sends shivers through one and it's a story that can be watched over a beautiful evening of wine and dine.
  • Ita-Ray - 30 December 2022
    Time I will never get back
    Not sure what prompted me to start watching this (wish I hadn't) but I fell asleep on it once & had to come back the next day to finish watching it.

    To me, it came off like it wanted to be an updated version (with a twist) of, 'The Ghost & the darkness' but was not executed quite as nicely.

    Everyone made decisions that weren't realistic. Acting was mediocre. The daughters were borderline annoying.

    Was not the best film for Idris Elba but I guess it was a paycheck for him.

    I recommend watching something else & avoiding this disaster of a movie. If you wanted a good movie about lions killing people for no reason check out, The Ghost and the darkness. Now that, is an excellent movie.
  • sharron-denice - 26 December 2022
    OMG What absolutely irritating children!
    Thats really all I have to say about the movie, the children are so absolutely irritating it brings down the quality of the movie. Their actions and continued disobedience make the movie entirely unrealistic and their acting is poor. It feels like a low budget Lifetime movie. Now I know why I never heard of this movie, because its not worth mentioning. Also Elba seems a bit one-dimensional, I never realized it before but there isn't much depth coming from him its as if he relies on his voice to carry the weight of his poor acting. Im actually shocked at how bad this movie was. Watch only if you are bored and need something to fall asleep to.
  • misshuff-72804 - 21 December 2022
    Great special effects, not great everything else
    This film is like one of those teen horrors where the cast make so many stupid decisions they deserve to die.

    The kids are incredibly annoying and disobedient, personally I would have used the eldest one as a sacrificial lamb early on, this would have saved her from a lifetime of daddy issues.

    I never thought I would rate Idris as a serious actor before I saw him in this, and I'm 100% convinced I never will now.

    It's beyond me how anyone watching this could not, by half way through, be wanting the lion to just eat all of them, find a new pride, and live happily ever after.

    I ended up feeling so sorry for the lion i turned it off. Poor thing.
  • skyepn - 20 December 2022
    Lionhearted
    I liked the movie alot, I like movies about terrorizing lions. Ie(the ghost and the darkness w Val Kilmer & Michael douglas) so maybe I'm a little partial . Although there was nothing really more than the chase & kill to this, I still found it exiting. One thing drove me crazy though, those girls of his? They needed to listen to their father when he told them to do, or not to do something. And keep their mouths quiet. Jeez...I know they were scared but they got them in more bad situations, because they just wouldn't do what they were told. That absolutely drove me batty. I loved the end how the good pride came to their defense...well, we'd like to think that.