Beast (2022): Movie Review
Plot: 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.
Review: The first scene of Beast (2022) takes place on the South African plains as a bunch of poachers approach the area. The poachers come across a pride of lions and manage to kill all but the alpha male.
While a few poachers pack the other animals onto a truck to be skinned, the alpha male lion hides out in the dense grass.
A small group of poachers stays behind to set a trap for the head lion but are unaware that it is nearby and end up becoming entrapped.
Shortly after one of the men emerges from the grass covered in many gashes, the lion appears and devours the remaining poachers.
Not long after the initial incident, Dr. Nate Samuels and his daughters Meredith and Norah fly from New York City to South Africa.
The children are still grieving the death of their mother, Amahle, from cancer and are angry with Nate for prioritizing his job over caring for her in her final days.
As Nate struggles to re-establish an emotional connection with his daughters, Martin Battles, a friend of the Samuels and a former classmate of Nate's, welcomes them and offers to accompany them on their journey to the town.
Later, while having dinner with Nate, Meredith expresses her rage at his lack of concern for his family in the wake of Amahle's passing.
In the subsequent scene, Martin and Nate find the rotting remains of a number of peasants who had all been killed by the lone, avenging lion. As they leave the settlement, an injured guy named Mutende who appears to have also been attacked interrupts their journey.
Nate tries everything in his power to save Mutende, but he dies, and Martin sets out on his own to find the lion.
Release date: August 19, 2022 (United States)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror
Stars: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, and Leah Jeffries.
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: Jaime Primak Sullivan and Ryan Engle