Moviepilot recently gave me the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's Beyond the Reach and I must say, I was amazed.
Beyond the Reach features Ant-Man's Michael Douglas as John Madec and Jeremy Irvine as Ben - just Ben. The movie might appear as a typical cat-and-mouse chase, but it goes beyond that. Beyond the Reach is a heart-pounding race that captivates one until the very last shot. I mean that literally.
So you're probably wondering, "Okay, so the movie sounds okay, but why exactly should I watch it?" I'm glad you asked.
Beyond this Point There Will be Monsters
It doesn't take long for Madec to tell Ben, "Beyond this point there will be monsters," - and he was not kidding. Unfortunately for Ben, that wasn't some sort of symbolic message. It was a warning. Nothing brings out the monster than involuntary manslaughter. Luckily for us, Douglas does a very great job of playing a ruthless adversary and besides who doesn't love a sadistic, sociopath every now and then?
500k - Not Including Tax
While the film may focus around Madec toying with Ben, there is someone, or rather something that is making things worse for Ben. It's name is 500k. 500k isn't really on anyone sides. It sort of aids anyone who sits in the drivers seat, and that's usually, well, not Ben. 500k can do a lot of great stuff. It can heat up meals, it can make coffee, it has an impressive stereo system, as well as lighting. It can also be sold to finish off that payment for your equally priced mortgage! Seriously, is there something this vehicle cannot do?
A Deal is a Deal
You know those times when friends don't come through for you, even though you made a deal? Yeah...don't worry, I know how you feel. Well, I have a solution for you. Take that friend with you to go to see Beyond the Reach. Why you ask? Well, let's just say, it might give them the incentive to follow through on their deals. Don't forget to shake on it!
The Beautiful Scorching Scenery
Beyond the Reach does a terrific job of focusing not only on the story, but as well as the scenery. While watching the film, it makes great sense as to why the film was set in the Mojave Desert. It raises the stakes, and scorches it too. The desert itself adds a different layer to the film that isn't often explored in films. The desert may seem to be the setting but it's much more. It is used in such a way that makes it a bad guy. How often can you say that the bad guy in a movie is a desert?
Heart, Courage, and Hope
You know who everyone loves rooting for? An underdog. Jeremy Irvine's Ben is the epitome of an underdog. Ben doesn't give up or lose hope just because he's up against a madman and his convenient five-hundred thousand car. It's the little things that keep him going. Who wouldn't want to root for a guy with those ideals?
Beyond the Reach debuts today in theaters and on VOD.