“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.”

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writers: Ryan Engle, Jaime Primak Sullivan
Staring: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Leah Jeffries, Iyana Halley
Release Date: August 19, 2022

I have one thing to ask of Beast (2022). Just one thing. I want Beast to be the 2022 equivalent to Crawl (2019). Be an admittedly singular-minded movie that delivers on more levels than people would ever expect. Have a basic simple set up, let the monsters go crazy, and make us care just enough about the characters to have an impactful ending.

And you know what, Beast has a one-word title like Crawl, so we are already off to a good start.

I am a sucker for monster movies. This is my type of empty-minded entertainment. I will watch bad monster movies, but the prospects of a monster flick has me tingling with frantic excitement.

Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba) is bringing his daughters Norah Samuels (Leah Jeffries) and Iyana Halley (Meredith Samuels) on a safari in an effort to reconnect with them. It appears like there has been some family tragedy with the girl’s mom not being around anymore.

Naturally, not all things will not go according to plan. Nate and the family’s chaperone Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley) run into a villager who has been mangled, and then stumble upon a village that has been shredded with blood and bodies askew everywhere.Battles mentions how this is not normal…an animal attacking but not eating its prey. This is like on lion he has ever seen.

DUh, DUH, DUHHHHH (dramatic themes playing).

We see this monstrous lion attack the car that the Samuels’ family is hiding up in. The quartet is stranded in the jungle. And here we go, the cheesy line that we need.

“It’s the law of the jungle. That is the only law that matter”

Martin Battles – Stating the Obvious

I am so irrationally excited about Beast. It is an absurd premise. A ferocious lion with only a nose for human flesh. Just rope me in every which way why don’t you.

I am really a sucker for animal attack movies: Crawl is a favorite. The Birds (1963) is Hitchcock so it is good. Jaws (1975) is an all-time classic. Who doesn’t live Deep Blue Sea (1999). I even like the original Piranha (1978) for all flawed it is. Black Water (2007) and Rogue (2007) is a Northern Australian survival tale. Also Backcountry (2014) is surprisingly good, and if you want a battle in the woods, then you also have The Grey (2011). The latest one I saw before this trailer was Into The Grizzly Maze (2015), which for its flaws was still very exciting to laugh at it.

Beast begins its prowl in theaters on August 16, 2022.


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