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The Beast

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Graphic violence, language in Italian action movie.

Movie NR 2020 97 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+


There is girls dancing on stripper poles and everything.I wouldn't want my young kid seeing my rating is 18 and older.very disappointed at your rating.and also it is dealing with sex trafficking.

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In The Beast (aka La Belva), a man must use his extensive military skills and experience to rescue his daughter after she's kidnapped by sex traffickers. If this sounds a bit like the 2009 Liam Neeson movie Taken, you're not wrong. It's not an exact comparison, but it's enough to give you the basic idea. For better or worse, this is a standard action movie in which a "strong, silent type" action movie hero must come to the rescue despite cynical police detectives and the kind of over-the-top bad guys who enjoy the finer things in life, such as classical music, while psychotically killing a lackey who failed at the job he was asked to do. Our hero, Leonida, struggles with PTSD and the basic demands of functioning in society, but, not unlike one John Rambo, finds that he can come to the rescue by reverting to the soldier he was born and trained to be.

Despite the many cliches and action movie tropes, The Beast is enjoyable for what it is -- an action movie. Despite its total lack of surprise, once it gets started, the action doesn't relent, and so there isn't enough of a pause to ponder how much this movie borrows from the action movies of the last quarter century. It's entertainment that doesn't require much thought or reflection. Even the predictability of the climactic scene is enjoyable. A bad action movie would have no action, and a good action movie would have action presented in innovative ways. Like most action movies, this lands somewhere in the middle.

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