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Starring: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries
OUR RATING: ★★½
Action survival thriller directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Beast (2022) follows Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba), a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with his daughters, Meredith and Norah (Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries), to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley), an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing turns into a fight for survival when a massive rogue lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers, who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.
Our Favorite Quotes:'It's the law of the jungle. It's the only law that matters out here.' - Martin Battles (Beast) Click To Tweet
Pilot: Is this your first time in South Africa?
Dr. Nate Samuels: No. No, but it was another lifetime.
Norah Samuels: My eyes are sweating. Everything is sweating. My spleen is sweating.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Your spleen?
Norah Samuels: The sweat on my spleen is sweating. Oh, my gosh. Heinously hot. I’m melting, Mare. Stuff’s got to breathe.
Norah Samuels: [referring to Martin] Dad, are you sure he’s coming?
Dr. Nate Samuels: Well, I hope so, because an Uber would take a long time to get here.
Martin Battles: Yeah. Safari’s big business. A lot of pressure on all sides. One way or another, everyone depends on the animals for their survival.
Dr. Nate Samuels: So, you got everything you need?
Meredith Samuels: I was the one who packed your suitcase, Dad.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Yes, you did. Yes, you did. So, did I get everything I need?
Dr. Nate Samuels: If you got a problem, just say it.
Meredith Samuels: My problem is that in the last ten minutes, Martin just showed more interest in my photography than you have in the last year.
Dr. Nate Samuels: What?
Meredith Samuels: Which is the same amount of time that you showed our mother in the last year of her life.
Meredith Samuels: She got sick. And you missed it, because you had already left us.
Dr. Nate Samuels: No, no, no. No, it’s not what happened. I tried. Your mother and I, we mutually agreed to separate, and then she got sick.
Martin Battles: I got us another bottle before we can’t stand up.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Ah. Always thinking ahead. That’s what I like about you. Okay.
Martin Battles: In a pinch, I have been known, on occasion, when necessary, to crawl around my house on all fours looking for another bottle.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Why didn’t you come to the funeral?
Martin Battles: Okay. Honestly?
Dr. Nate Samuels: Yeah. Why?
Martin Battles: I didn’t want to see her buried in a concrete plot in New York City. I couldn’t stomach it, and I didn’t think that that’s what she would’ve wanted, either. Maybe we should just agree to leave it at that.
Dr. Nate Samuels: What I wouldn’t do to fight with that woman just one more time. Now my wife’s gone. Mare’s gone. Norah is hanging on by a thread. See, I missed all the signs. I missed all the signs of my marriage. I missed the signs of my kids. And I missed the signs of her cancer.
Martin Battles: That’s not your fault. That’s not how it works.
Dr. Nate Samuels: I’m a doctor, and I know what death looks like. And I know that death walked up the steps to where my kids and my wife were sleeping, knocked on the door, and guess what. I wasn’t home. I wasn’t home to look it in the eye and say, “No. No, you can’t take her.” I failed those kids. Do you understand? It’s why we’re here.
Martin Battles: Stop beating yourself up, Nate. This cancer was always going to kill her. Nothing you could do.
Dr. Nate Samuels: I wasn’t there, man. I wasn’t there.
Meredith Samuels: Where are we heading?
Martin Battles: To see some of the most incredible creatures on the planet, hopefully.
'This lion's gone rogue because they killed his pride, and now he's coming after all of us.' - Martin Battles (Beast) Click To Tweet
Norah and Meredith: [singing] We got Milkshake Mare. We got Mini Nugget Norah. We got McDouble Martin. And Super size Nugget Nate.
Martin Battles: See, the way it works with lions is the females do the hunting, and the males protect the pride.
Meredith Samuels: Well, protect them from what?
Martin Battles: Usually from other lions.
Martin Battles: Any lion from outside the family comes into their territory, Kuda and Kawe will leap onto it, start ripping it apart limb from limb, or die trying. It’s the law of the jungle, guys. It’s the only law that matters out here.
Martin Battles: You know, just hug a lion and take a picture with Mare.
Meredith Samuels: My dad’s not much of a hugger.
Martin Battles: No?
Meredith Samuels: No. More of a fist bumper.
Dr. Nate Samuels: I am a hugger.
Martin Battles: It’s getting worse and worse. The poachers used to just be after the elephants and the rhinos. Now they’re actively going after the lions.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Why?
Martin Battles: They sell the teeth, the claws, even the bones on the black market.
Meredith Samuels: That’s horrible.
'I do not know how to hot-wire a car. I went to medical school.' - Dr. Nate Samuels, 'Well, you should've double-majored or something.' - Norah Samuels (Beast) Click To Tweet
Norah Samuels: So, are you some kind of an anti-poacher?
Martin Battles: I mean, we’re just trying to protect the animals in every sense.
Norah Samuels: Do you think Uncle Martin kills poachers?
Meredith Samuels: What do you think, Miss Know-It-All?
Norah Samuels: But that’s what the article said anti-poachers do.
Meredith Samuels: Does that frighten you?
Norah Samuels: No. I have a rainbow of emotions at my disposal, Mare.
Meredith Samuels: Well, you look scared to me, Norah.
Norah Samuels: I’m not scared, Mare.
Martin Battles: Nate, go back to the girls.
Dr. Nate Samuels: What?
Martin Battles: Go back to the girls right now. Don’t let them come in here!
Dr. Nate Samuels: [referring to the people killed] What did this?
Martin Battles: Only thing that makes any sense is a lion. But cats don’t do this, you know?
Dr. Nate Samuels: What?
Martin Battles: Lions don’t do this. I’ve heard stories, but no lion that I’ve ever seen.
Martin Battles: Okay, this is bad. With this much blood, there should be hyenas around already.
Dr. Nate Samuels: What does that mean?
Martin Battles: It means that whatever did this is…
Dr. Nate Samuels: Still out there? Huh?
Martin Battles: I’m going to get the gun. Go get the girls.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Okay, what’s he saying?
Martin Battles: Diabolo, it means devil.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Uncle Martin’s out there. See if you can find someone on the radio.
Meredith Samuels: Okay, but Martin said that we’re out of range here.
Dr. Nate Samuels: I don’t care what Martin said. Try.
Norah Samuels: Are we trapped here?
Dr. Nate Samuels: No. No, Norah, we’re not trapped here, okay? Someone will find us. Someone will come by.
Meredith Samuels: We don’t know that.
Norah Samuels: What if that thing isn’t gone? It could still be out here.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Hey. Hey, hey, hey, hey.
Meredith Samuels: No, she’s right.
Dr. Nate Samuels: Wait. No, no, no, no, no.
Meredith Samuels: No, but we didn’t get very far, Dad. It could still be out there.
'You led that thing into their pride land. Rules of the jungle. You knew that the other lions would kill him to protect their pride.' - Meredith Samuels, 'I was just trying to save my girls.' - Dr. Nate Samuels (Beast) Click To Tweet
Dr. Nate Samuels: [over radio] What happened, man? Did you get attacked?
Martin Battles: I’m in a bad way, bro.
Dr. Nate Samuels: You’re in a bad way? What happened? What kind of condition you in?
Martin Battles: The lion just came out of nowhere, you know? And I can’t stand. My leg’s torn up. I’m losing too much blood. I think I’m going to pass out.
Dr. Nate Samuels: [over radio] Hey, man, I don’t know what to do right now. Okay? I don’t know what to do.
Martin Battles: Okay, you want to just stay there. Someone will come.