Robot 2.0 review: A substandard sequel

Robot 2.0 poster

Robot 2.0 poster

Release Date: November 29, 2018

Direction: S. Shankar

Producers: Allirajah Subaskaran, K. Karunamoorthy

Synopsis:

The most awaited movie Robot 2.0 failed to meet expectations. The movie starts with a tragic incident of suicide committed by an ornithologist Pakshiraj (Akshay Kumar). Post this incident, suddenly one day all the cell phones of city Chennai start flying and vanishing somewhere in troposphere.

The aura of professor Pakshiraj returns as a fifth force to annihilate mobile users for the retribution of harming birds. As a solution, Dr. Vaseekaran (Rajnikanth) brings proposal to reassemble his andro-humanoid robot Chitti to curb the deadly destruction. However, Dhinendra Bohra (Sudhanshu Pandey), the son of the first film’s villain, Dr Bhora, convinces Home Minister Vijay Kumar (Adil Hussain) to deny the proposal.

Consequently, telecom minister (Kalabhavan Shajohn) undergoes horrifying death in front of Home Minister. Panic by witnessing the freaky death, home minister himself orders Dr.Vaseekaran to revive Chitti.

Dr. Vaseekaran, Chitti and other humanoid robot with virtual emotions and adaptive learning named Nela (Amy Jackson) tries to stop deadly monster, however gets defeated. This forces Dr. Vaseekaran to upgrade current Chitti to version 2.0.

Will there be a 3.0 also? Give that a thought!!!

Review:

As observed, month of November was not good for Bollywood. Released in the first week of November “Thugs of Hindostan” was a big flop, post that Sunny Deol starrer “Bhaiaji Superhit” failed to impress and now so called science fiction “Robot 2.0” disappoints.

Unlike Robot (2010), the storyline of “Robot 2.0” is monotonous and ordinary. S Shankar tried to create impact by extravagant usage of special effects. There are also visual nods to Hollywood films like Alien (a mobile phone bursting out of a man’s stomach). Still, the first half of movie seems dull and unable to catch audience engagement.

Rajnikanth as Chitti seems sloppy, the stunts performed while violent confrontations with giant cell phone bird are inept and prosaic. Akshay Kumar brings energy to the film. Second half is half way watchable as it includes flash back of professor Pakshikaran that explains the reason of vengeance. Akshay Kumar is successful in establishing connect and very cleanly delivers message of curbing insignificant mobile phone usage.

In the end, there are some oh-wow moments, but on the whole, the film is a huge let down.

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