Friday, April 17, 2015
"Beyond the Reach" Exists Within the Realm of Ridiculous
|The stage is set for a May-December buddy comedy.|
Their easygoing rapport—best encapsulated by a scene in which they quote Wall-E at one another—is shattered when Madec mistakes a mountain man for a longhorn and fires a bullet through his gut. Fearing that the accident could jeopardize a forthcoming merger, Madec hits the innocent bystander with a death blow, tries to buy Ben’s silence, and proceeds to frame him for the murder, when our noble hero refuses his offer. “Why didn’t Madec just kill him?” is one of many questions the skeptical viewer will ask himself after this ludicrous film arrives at its mindboggling conclusion. Furthermore: “Why did Madec make him strip to his boxers and run around the desert all day?”
It’s the only humane solution.
The foremost priorities of Beyond the Reach are to promote the staggering vistas of the Mojave and the washboard abs of Jeremy Irvine. If one drank a shot for every frame that contained neither of these properties, he would emerge from this film stone-sober. It is unfortunate that Jean-Baptiste Leonetti, helming his first American feature, did not invest his energy in drawing strong performances from his actors. Every line-reading smacks of a first take. Irvine acquits himself laughably, but it is Douglas who takes the cake, crying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I KILL YOU!” The septuagenarian actor produced Beyond the Reach. The resulting work is a far cry from his first producing gig.
It is difficult to go into a film simultaneously released in a handful of theaters and VOD with high expectations. Still I tried to watch "Beyond the Reach" with an open mind, and I was intermittently impressed by the cinematography. Ultimately, however, the lumbering pace, minimal character development, and lamebrain dialogue became impossible to ignore, and it took me three sittings to finish watching my advance screener copy. I’m afraid this is one for die-hard Jeremy Irvine fans only, whoever you are.
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