Beyond the Reach is a desert thriller that’s really a dull contrived tiresome game of hide and seek with two paper thin characters.
A high-rolling corporate shark (Michael Douglas) and his impoverished young guide (Jeremy Irvine) play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave desert.
Beyond the Reach is an awful movie that no amount of Micheal Douglas’ well portrayed douchebaggery can save.
It was fun to watch him as a narcissistic corporate asshole with a Mercedes truck that looked like it came out of West Coast Customs, but the movie becomes increasingly repetitive, dull and ridiculous because of convenient plot coincidences.
The so called dangerous game is really a protracted game of hide and seek, made possible by an obviously shoehorned plot device to raise the stakes and keep the protagonist – Ben – last until the story runs long enough to be considered a film.
The characters are barely one dimensional. Madec is trying to score a deal that really doesn’t have anything to do with the story except to give him a deadline. Ben has a tacked on love interest to give him an identity crisis.
Jeremy Irvine is capable but because of the implausible screenplay, his character is impossible to relate with.
The only reason you would put up with this film is because you want to see Madec get his comeuppance. When he does, it’s an unsatisfying nod to David and Goliath.
In the end, this movie is just a self-indulgent project by Micheal Douglas who produced it.
My Rating: 2/10