Shankar's Magnum Opus Is Expensive And Exhaustive
2.0 is without question an important film of the year. 2Point0 will satisfy indiscriminate devoted fans of Rajini and Shankar. It will also impress the younger audience who may appreciate the video-gaming style action sequences. The adult audience looking for depth and logic will find it exhausting from hectic action sequences devoid of human emotions and unrealized characters.(more)
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Shankar fuses technology, fiction and showmanship brilliantly to reload Rajinikanth's superstar swag in this must watch grand sequel.
On the whole, without giving up on Superstar's swag, Akshay's performance and his love for spectacularly grand scenes, Shankar presents us with a product that cannot be sidelined. With contemporary touches and technological infusions, 2.0 is a brand that could stand tough against the biggest of Hollywood franchises.(more)
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Shankar's story is pedestrian; but VFX, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar carry the day
Shankar, for a change, has only one full dance song, the hit number from AR Rahman � 'Enthira Logathu Sundariya' that plays out only with the end credits. The fight in the climax between the giant robots reminds you of the action scenes from the Transformers franchise. The film works largely because of Rajinikanth and the amazing 3D format, the closest an Indian film has reached to Hollywood standards.(more)
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A film that is part sci-fi, part horror, part vigilante movie and part special effects spectacle.
It is only with the entry of 2.0 (Rajini, again), which happens a little late than it should have, that the film gets some much-needed energy. As he did in the first film, Rajinikanth digs into this role with his inimitable style and performs with relish. There is even a self-referential punchline that he utters after Nila tells him that he is no longer the No 1, that sends fans into a tizzy.(more)
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Despite Rajinikanth And Akshay Kumar, Bunkum Is Bunkum
The right-versus-wrong tropes that 2.0 employs are trite, but the battle at the heart of the film - it pits a warped model of development against the need for ecological conservation in a no-holds-barred fantasy - has moments that are thought-provoking and entertaining at once. But even for Rajnikanth, pulling this erratic, messy epic out of the fire is no cakewalk. He comes pretty close. Watch 2.0 for its scale and ambition, if not for the superstar who can do no wrong.(more)
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A Sensory Overload That Becomes Too Exhausting
Shankar's cinema uniquely combines scale with social message. Just in case you've missed the point of this film, at the end, Dr. Vaseegaran spells it out again. Like everything else in 2.0, it's a tiring overdose. (more)
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Exhausting but watchable!
The film's biggest strength is Superstar Rajinikanth who steals the show especially the second half as 2.0 and the Kutti Chitti. His natural swag and majestic screen presence is sure to be a treat for his fans. Though Rajinikanth looks fragile as Chitti (the CG doesn't work here), the actor is a scream as 3.0 aka Kutti chitti. The most talked about Akshay Kumar's negative role and make-up fails to evoke any big impact but the actor is earnest and does his best. Amy Jackson has screen space and is convincing as a pure machine.The rest of the cast like Sudhanshu Pandey and Kalabhavan Shajon are forgettable. (more)
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Rajinikanth is smarter than a smartphone, the film isn't
Shankar sticks admirably to the plot and never slows down, with no time for melodrama or song sequences, which made up the cheesiest parts of Enthiran. Kumar has fun snarling and cawing, Jackson is more than worthy to continue kicking butt as the franchise continues, but a Rajini film can only be about one man.(more)
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Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar glide through predictable film
In a nutshell, 2.0 is an enjoyable outing with several mass moments. However, it falls short of being a sc-fi film that has a strong story. Shankar-directed 2.0 starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar is a fun entertainer with brilliant visual effects. But the story turns predictable post intermission(more)
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Not worth all the sound and fury
2.0 is dull as ditchwater in the first half, perking up a little in the second, with a half-way watchable Akshay, and a Rajini coming into his own right towards the end, for a bit. There are some oh-wow moments, but on the whole, the film is not worth all the sound and fury.(more)
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A visually extravagant product which could have had a better engagement in terms of content.
Superstar Rajinikanth returns back in style with his swag presence, his variation in the dialogue delivery adds more strength to the different characters he has played. There are a countless number of mass moments for the Thalaivar fans to go crazy. Akshay Kumar's hard work is evident on screen, despite all the makeup, his performance is memorable and emotionally great. The mystery behind his character kept the momentum going. Amy Jackson gets a solid role to play and she has done with ease, her fit physique has helped her stunt portions look appealing.(more)
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Shankar's visual extravaganza transports you to another world
Shankar's strong forte is inbuilt comedy and romantic songs shot in exotic locales and manner. Sadly, both are curtailed in 2.O. Only two songs of AR Rahman have been featured. Porali song at an appropriate slot, and the chartbuster romantic number Endhira Logathu Sundariye relegated to the end title card rolling. Nirav Shah's brilliant camera work and Resul Pookutty's high standard sounds warrant mention. The film imparts an interesting universal message. The film can be watched for its visual extravaganza.(more)
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This Rajinikanth- Akshay Kumar Film Soars High With Spectacular VFX & 3D Effects
2.0 soars high with its impressive VFX and 3D effects. A little more focus on the writing and the emotional aspect would have made it the 'King Of The Sky'.(more)
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"2.0" works, and in a big, big way.
This last stunt is basically a repeat of a scene from the first "Robot" movie, but that doesn't make it, or the many other ways that Rajinikanth knowingly weaponizes his ego much less endearing or insane. At one point, Rajinikanth literally pats himself on the back when Chitti thanks Vaseegaran for creating him. This movie has chutzpah for days!(more)
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Shankar's By-now Tedious Formula Is Saved By His Imagination And A Spirited Superstar
If 2.0 works to an extent, it's due to the big set pieces. This is where Shankar the Imaginator shines brightest. We�ve seen two giant creatures locked in battle in the Transformers movies. But we haven't seen one of them turn into a horseshoe magnet and� I'll leave that for you to find out. Wacko doesn�t do justice to the second half, where Rajinikanth finally cuts loose. (more)
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Gem of a thriller
The first and foremost thing that hits you right away is the sheer scale of the film. Apart from having a genuine social message, Shankar has imagined something really different and made a visual spectacle which Indian movie lover can be proud of. You can't but praise the magnanimity of the project as every penny spent is showcased through superb visuals on screen. Rajinikanth like always surprises you with his childlike enthusiasm. He plays different characters and does justice to each one of them.(more)
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2.0 is a cinematic marvel which has the style as well as the substance.
Shankar's direction is highly effective and he proves once again why he's one of our best filmmakers. He doesn't get overwhelmed by the technology available and makes correct use of it. He also strikes a balance while talking about the harmful radiation and its ill effects on birds but again, he doesn't get preachy. As a result, the impact is tremendous. In fact, 2.0 can start the much needed debate on this topic.(more)
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One of its kind film that cannot be compared with any of the previous films made.
Superstar Rajinikanth in the role of Chitti the Robot provides ample entertainment in the final portions though his scientist role is very passive. Don't expect Rajinikanth's trademark mannerisms or punch dialogues, it offers one or two such moments in Chitti's avatar. Rajinikanth as robot makes the moments livelier. (more)
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