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BEYOND (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Josef Rusnak

Starring:
Jon Voight
Teri Polo
Julian Morris
Dermot Mulroney
Brett Baker

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What's it about
Amy, a girl of only 7 years old is mysteriously kidnapped one evening. Her mother (Teri Polo) desperately turns to a psychic (Julian Morris) and teams up with an old detective (Jon Voight) to try to find her daughter.
Is it good movie?
Amy, a girl of only 7 years old is mysteriously kidnapped one evening. Her mother (Teri Polo) desperately turns to a psychic (Julian Morris) and teams up with an old detective (Jon Voight) to try to find her daughter.

Well, if you happen to pick this up know that it never rises above TV movie status. The production value's only so-so, and the plot is super bland and familiar. It isn't overly scary, the language is clean and it's certainly not violent.  The whole gimmick here is that this "little girl is missing" flick has a psychic in it. It's nice to see Voight and Mulroney in a flick together though.

The movie certainly starts relatively well, as Voight's detective character hunts and kills a criminal, because he hates kidnappers, due to something that happened in his past. Of course, Chief Mulroney doesn't like that, but when his niece gets kidnapped, there's only one man for the job. The flaky psychic claims to see the girl in visions, and promises the family that she's alive. Everyone's skeptical, but there are little hints given that perhaps something more sinister is at bay.

Of course, there are twists and turns in the flick, but the truth is not really revealed in a satisfactory way. Also, if you keep your eyes open you'll be able to guess the big shocking twist pretty quickly.

John Voight is honestly the only real reason to watch this flick. He seems to be taking his role pretty seriously, whereas a lot of the rest of the cast seems to be mailing it in and hamming it up. His detective is believable and entertaining to watch. This certainly isn't his best role, but he absolutely stands out compared to everyone else. Also worth mentioning is that the film is certainly shot well, with intriguing camera angles and well set-up shots.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot else worth mentioning here that's positive. The psychic character is ungodly annoying and the whole supernatural aspect is downright frustrating at times. He's whiny, annoying and his stuff is goofy. Honestly now, an Etch-a-Sketch is an effective way to communcate with the dead?

Anyhoo, there isn't really much else to say here. The characters are goofy, the acting ranges from pretty okay with Voight to downright terrible (Skyler Shaye, I'm looking at you), and the whole thing is just boring. The plot is too predictable and there's no real hook to keep the viewer interested. This is best classified as a 3rd choice on a rainy Sunday night..this is the one you watch half of before decidgin you'd rather go to bed.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 2.40:1 widescreen with a 1080p transfer. It looks really great, clean, crisp and clear. It gets a little muddy when it gets dark, but that's a minor complaint.

Audio too is excellent, arriving in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that delivers.  There's some great surround work here and dialogue is crystal clear. Great stuff.
The Extras
Not one thing!
Last Call
Everything about the beyond is just so formulaic that it would have needed something really special to stand out. Unfortunately, it falls below average in almost every way and as such I can't recommend it, unless you love seeing a musatchioed Jon Voight doing his thing. Although, it does sport a great Blu-Ray transfer, so perhaps if you just want something that looks and sounds nice..<
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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