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How far would you go to find a missing child? And how much are you willing to believe -- and trust -- in the unknown in order to get there? Academy Award® Winner Jon Voight, Dermot Mulroney (THE GREY) and Teri Polo (LITTLE FOCKERS) star in this chilling thriller about a 7-year-old girl kidnapped from her bedroom one wintry night in an Anchorage suburb. But when a close-to-retirement police detective (Voight) obsessed with child abductions begins his investigation, he'll clash with a mysterious radio psychic (Julian Morris of ''Pretty Little Liars'' and CRY WOLF) who claims to have visions of the missing girl. Now the trail is getting cold. Time is running out. And in the most disturbing twists of all, the ultimate clues may be coming from a place outside the law, past human reason and forever frighteningly BEYOND.
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Filmed in Anchorage, Alaska, the film stars Jon Voight as a "take no prisoners" veteran detective, who specializes in cases involving missing children. When the seven-year-old niece of his boss (Dermot Mulroney) is kidnapped, Voight starts working the case, but soon finds himself bothered when the girl's mother (Teri Polo) enlists the help of a radio psychic (Julian Morris), who claims that a "ghost" is putting him into contact with the lost child.
The actors are good, and Greg Gieras' script has a couple of intriguing twists that raise this film a step above other movies of the genre. Director Josef Rusnak keeps the action moving along at a nice pace, taking full advantage of the breathtaking Alaskan scenery. I just wish that, in post-production, he and the editor hadn't added so many "BOOMS" to the sound track.
"BOOMS" are effective in a horror movie when a filmmaker want s to underscore a scary moment, to get viewers to "jump in their seats". But, this sound effect is so overused in BEYOND, which is not really a horror movie, that it becomes annoying.
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Voight and Morris do well, their love/hate relationship played out convincingly. Polo seems unimpassioned in a low-key performance, while Dermot Mulroney (also in THE GREY) seems miscast as Voight's chief.
Despite its predictability and derivative plotline, BEYOND is an interesting and gripping film, boosted by Voight's tenacity and commitment.
All that being said, "Beyond" has an uphill battle to fight from the very beginning. Add to the struggle the extremely unoriginal title of the film and you have something most consumers and renters will walk by without even giving a second glance. Although it isn't anything new, the movie does hold its own and delivers a little intrigue and entertainment.
The Blu-ray release of "Beyond" isn't going to make anyone want to rush out and scoop it up in the stores right away. It's one of those movies you either rent from Redbox or buy while digging through the $5 DVD box at Walmart on a Saturday afternoon. If you're a fan of supernatural / psychological thrillers, this does hold up better than your typical Lifetime made-for-TV movie.
The main characters:
John (Jon Voight) is the main investigating police officer. He is near retirement. He has a haunting dream of a past case.
Jim (Ben Crowley) is the "shallow" father. He had an affair. He was a former prosecutor who put a lot of people in jail. His main suspect died 3 years ago in prison.
Sarah (Teri Polo) is the mother. She has recently filed for divorce and doesn't trust Jim or the babysitter. Her brother Jack (Dermot Mulroney) is the chief of police and John's boss. He has financial problems.
Meagan (Skyler Shaye) is the babysitter who was very close to Amy. She lied about being home when Amy was kidnapped, although her alibi checks out as she was in a bar with...
Farley (Julian Morris) is a TV psychic and friend of Amy. He has visions of Amy, but he is not as convincing as Zelda Rubinstein, but then who is?. He butts into the investigation.
The kidnapper also seems to have access to the house as if it was an inside job. There are plenty of suspects as well as the supernatural aspect.
The film is a fairly decent B thriller, although there was room for improvement as the actors pretty much just read their lines. The film appears to be low budget with not much action. 3 1/2 stars. Makes for a rental.
PARENTAL GUIDE: No sex or nudity, or F-bombs that I recall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was enticed to watch this film based on the two top notch actors (Jon Voight and Dermot Mulroney), but unfortunately the plot didn't really come together to allow them to show... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jill Clardy
Not good. I didn't want to write a review I just simply want to rate the movie but I need sufficient characters for the review to go through so now I will just babble on so I can... Read morePublished 11 months ago by jamesjazzy
Not to bad of a thriller for a lazy rainy day nothing really unexpected but the acting is good and the plot and story line will keep you interest .Published 20 months ago by Dancingeagle
BEYOND is a supernatural thriller / police procedural drama, set in Alaska, involving the abduction of a little girl. Said girl happens to have an invisible friend named "Rorie". Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
To those that gave a 2 star rating???????
Come on people this is a good movie!! Get with the program