Cell phones mysteriously vanish from people’s hands assemble into a huge birdlike figure that destroys cellular communication systems. The only answer to this problem is Dr. Vaseekar’s robot Chitti. As to why the cellular communications systems are destroyed and how Chitti saves the day forms the story.
The film is a spiritual successor to the 2010 film Robo, with some characters being the same though the story line is massively different. The film opens with a man committing suicide and cell phones begin to vanish. It’s been years since the original Chitti went rogue and had to be destroyed and is in a museum. Dr. Vaseekar (Rajinikanth) has built another robot Vennela (Amy Jackson), which is his domestic maid of sorts. He is called in when cell towers are mysteriously destroyed and a decision is taken to revive Chitti.
As far as the story goes, it is pretty much in sync with Shankar’s usual way of centering the plot around a social issue. In this film, it’s more of an environmental issue and as hinted in the trailer, it has got everything to do with cell phones. There are all the usual elements of a Shankar film, a vigilante, a hero, a villain, a hot girl (who is actually more than just a living prop that films usually tend to make their female leads be), a whole load of action and an ability to keep the audiences glued to the screen. The only things missing from the Shankar formula here are the usual fantasical song and dance sequences that are interspersed in the plot.
To call 2.0 anything apart from a visual treat would be insulting it and the hundreds of people who worked on it. From the very first scene itself, it is visually captivating. The director has done a brilliant job with the visuals. The standard of visual effects in this movie is something one wouldn’t expect from an Indian film but is something that is slowly but steadily becoming the norm in high budget films.
One negative aspect of this film would be the fact that it seems to have heavily borrowed visuals from many Hollywood films. This film gives a massive Deja Vu of Terminator, Transformers, Avengers 2, Iron Man 2 & 3, X-Men, Dark Knight Rises, Real Steel. Viewers who have watched these films will instantly recognise the visuals that the director borrowed from those. Some originality there would have gone a long way, owing to how the rest of the film is.
Another negative aspect is the bland climax that is less of a plot and more of VFX powered action but the climax scene is not as confusing as Hollywood climaxes usually tend to be, as the viewers clearly know what is going on on-screen. The usual comedy that is expected from Rajinikanth films is also missing in this film.
This review would be incomplete without a mandatory salute to the Thalaiva for his impeccable performance in this film. From the beginning till the end, Rajinikanth dominates the screen but delivers a thoroughly entertaining performance that only he can, whether as the scientist Vaseekar or the robot Chitti. He has proven it once again that he can essay any shade of any character, despite being 67 years old.
That, again, is a flaw in this film as it screams “Rajinikanth Film”. It would have been nicer if the other actors also got decent screen time in this film, as Amy Jackson’s character could have been involved more and also Akshay Kumar’s character.
Overall, it is a good watch over the weekend and is a paisa vasool movie.