Beyond The Reach2015
Beyond The Reach (2015)
Critic Consensus: Beyond the Reach promises goofy genre pleasures, but fails to deliver, losing the viewer -- and a villainous turn from Michael Douglas -- in a misguided story that stumbles to the finish.
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Critic Reviews for Beyond The Reach
There is the ghost of a good idea in this clunky machine.
The film is too wrapped up in its own dogma to entertain, and the deadly game of hide-and-seek that ensues becomes as monotonous as the baking desert landscape.
John Madec is a millionaire with an array of expensive toys... He's Douglas's nastiest creation since Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.
Michael Douglas serves up an enjoyably villainous performance for this survival thriller in the classic 70s style of Deliverance and Duel, based on the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White.
Michael Douglas chews the spectacular desert scenery in this silly, enjoyable survival thriller.
Audience Reviews for Beyond The Reach
Michael Douglas single-handedly carries this survival thriller against a pretty forgettable protagonist, whose relationship is initially rammed down our throats, for lack of a real background. The film looks gorgeous, the landscapes are fantastic, and there are moments of suspense. But at times, the chase is so cartoonishly random, you almost feel as if you're in a Roadrunner show. The solution is pretty disappointing. What remains is Douglas being great at what he does.
What promises to be a strong suspense story disappoints in delivering as an equally strong conclusion proves to be beyond the reach of the filmmaker. Nevertheless, there is some fine cinematography and decent script writing in the first two thirds of the film. Acting is adequate despite Douglas' at-times hammy performance.
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