BEYOND (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
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
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.
Not one thing!
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..<