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Beyond The Reach Blu-ray Review

Beyond The Reach Blu-ray

“Beyond The Reach” suffers from a thin premise.

Based on the novel “Deathwatch,” “Beyond the Reach” is a thriller about a young tracker/guide (Ben) who takes a smug businessman with deep pockets (John) hunting in the Mojave Desert. While out in the wild, John accidentally shoots and kills a man. To say anything more would be spoiling the story, but I will say that the man’s death sets events in motion (vague, I know).

While the premise sounds enticing on paper, “Beyond the Reach” suffers from a thin script that consists of little more than characters running around the desert for nearly 90 minutes. Again, I won’t spoil what happens, but there are some serious gaps in logic with the story. It doesn’t make any sense why a character toys with another (you’ll see what I mean if you watch it).

Equally disappointing here is the character work. While writer Stephen Susco attempts to add some backstory to the character of Ben, it always feels forced. Ben never feels like much of character which gives actor Jeremy Irvine very little to work with. Luckily, there’s a lot of physicality to his role which he does perform admirably. As for the character of John, he’s not a particularly layered character, but Michael Douglas still delivers a memorable performance. Douglas really gives it his all here and single handedly makes the movie better than it really is.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Say what you will about the film, but DP Russell Carpenter’s desert shots look positively gorgeous in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the gunshots to the dialogue, this track does the trick.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “The Making of Beyond The Reach” contains film clips, interviews, character and story discussions, etc.
* “Six Wheeling: Inside and Outside The Ultimate Ride”- A featurette on the Mercedes-Benz featured in the film.
* A decent commentary by Michael Douglas, Robert Mitas, and Jean-Baptiste Leonetti. Douglas definitely carries the track here.

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July 5, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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