Noob Reviews: The Beast
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is The Beast?
The Beast, also known as La Belva in its native Italian, is a Netflix original action film in which we follow the adventure of Leonida Riva. A special forces veteran suffering PTSD that must bring to bear his unique skill set when his daughter (Teresa) is kidnapped.
Unable to stand on the sidelines, Leonida jumps into action and must go head to head with gangsters, drug dealers, human traffickers and the police as he seeks to rescue the one person who has loved him unconditionally - from an unknown fate.
What type of genre is the film?
The Beast is classed primarily as an action-adventure film, with heavy elements of both crime and drama.
Do you have a trailer or trailers to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix Italia’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find The Beast on Netflix here.
When was The Beast released?
The Beast was released as a Netflix original film only a few weeks ago in November (2020).
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of The Beast?
Unfortunately as with most Netflix originals these days, the trailer has taken most of the best bits of the film and compiled them down into a two-minute action-packed thrill ride that hooks you and draws you in. It is just a shame the film does not live up to the trailer.
One of the very first things you will notice about The Beast is that it tries to be a lower budget version of Taken, set on the streets of present-day Italy. As far as the story goes, it is as overplayed as possible and does very little to make itself stand out from the crowd. Which is a genuine shame as the script and character development show about as much attention to detail. They’re sloppy, disjointed, poorly paced and overly predictable to the stage I almost fell asleep watching the film.
When it comes to the casting, none of the cast had a real screen presence. The characters were forgettable, the acting very stiff and awkward as if forced, and there was no real passion or belief in the way voice lines were delivered. Which personally is always something that puts me off. And don’t even get me started on the fight scenes where you can literally see the pulled punches. The (melee) fight sequences are slowly executed and flawed on so many levels they are more a yawn fest as opposed to awe-inspiring and attention-grabbing. Even the gunfights are very short and unbelievable in how they go down, ruining any sense of immersion. The only scene that I will say had a solid action feel was a car chase between the kidnapper and Leonida quite early on in the film.
I always try to go into films with an impartial view. And look for both the pros and cons to give the movie a good look from both sides. Unfortunately for The Beast, it has very few pros. And ultimately is something you can watch to kill a bit of time or skip over entirely and not miss out on anything.
What rating would you give The Beast?
I would rate The Beast as a 1.8 out of 5 bananas.
The Beast is a below-average film that tries to clone the success of Taken and fails at every turn. From the abysmal script to the overdone story and poor choreography it brings little to the table in terms of entertainment or things to rave about. Although it is watchable, there are many better titles out there you can check out to scratch your kidnap rescue movie itch.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in The Beast and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.