BEAST (2022) Reviews of Idris Alba rogue lion thriller – plus all the clips

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Beast is a 2022 American action thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest; 2 Guns and Contraband) from a screenplay written by Ryan Engle (Rampage; Non-Stop) based on co-executive producer Jaime Primak Sullivan’s story. Produced by Will Packer, James Lopez and Baltasar Kormákur. Bernard Bellew co-executive produced.

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The movie stars Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries, Mel Jarnson, Amara Miller, Dorian Hedgewood, Damon Burtley and Hudson Anne-Black.

Doctor Nate Daniels (Idris Alba) is a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters 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 jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them…

In the USA, Universal Pictures will release Beast theatrically on 19 August 2022. In the UK, Universal Pictures will release Beast in cinemas on August 26, 2022.


Beast is an effective B-movie thriller that overcomes its mediocre writing with well-shot sequences and a solid lead performance by Idris Elba.” CGM Backlot

“There are moments to praise both man and beast, effectively showing the balance in characterization and thrills, overcoming the familiarity of the experience. Idris Elba also enters beast mode and punches a lion in the face, which is worth the price of admission itself.” Flickering Myth

“Elba is an incredibly physical performer who instinctively comes up with little bits of business to reveal the personality of his character. The ending is ludicrous, and yet it works because of all that Elba has invested in making this protective papa convincing. That’s the beauty of Beast: The lion may look fake, but the stakes feel real.” Variety

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