Beyond the Reach

A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.


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  • ★★★½ review by lavrego on Letterboxd

    A cazar!

  • ★★★½ review by Matt Johnson on Letterboxd

    Occasionally we all get needy. So Ben, a young hunting guide, may perhaps be forgiven for taking a large bribe from an arrogant, ridiculously wealthy and fearless client. The two descend into the Mojave Desert wilderness in order to hunt bighorn out of season. There are many red flags to this, yet Ben's girlfriend just left for college and he is left considering if solitude and poverty are in his future. Deep into the desert it is not long before an incident occurs that sets Ben and Madec, a C.E.O. with a sport utility vehicle that costs over half a million dollars, at odds with each other. It is the old-school-young versus the new-technology-old in a delicious thriller. Michael Douglas, starring as Madec, returns to his stock and trade as a depraved and greedy man who lets no one get in the way of himself and his obsessions. Douglas gives a fine performance, yet he can't carry the film on his own. It is far-fetched, shallow and disjointed at times. The film is, however, compelling and fulfilling in its story and the possibilities it presents. It gives truth to Melville's saying that "an utterly fearless companion is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward." Seen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

  • ★★★½ review by Gregory Wood on Letterboxd

    good modern thriller Douglas is awesome here

  • ★★★★ review by chesneylittle on Letterboxd

    Keiner spielt den Psycho so wie Michael Douglas. Er mag in die Jahre gekommen sein, aber den psychopathischen Vollarsch spielt er wie kaum ein Anderer. Geschichte gibt es nicht so viel, aber dafür zwei umwerfende Figuren, die es sich gewaltig geben und sehr viel Platz haben ihre Egos auszuleben, von tollen Landschaftsaufnahmen will ich hier doch lieber nicht reden, ist halt nicht so mein Terrain. Was der Film vor allem hat ist Spannung, den er über seine gesamte Laufzeit hält. Vielleicht ist die Einleitung etwas lang geraten, aber das ist Geschmackssache.

    Alles in Allem ein sehr packender Katz-und-Maus-Thriller vor gigantischer Kulisse.

  • ★★★½ review by Jordi Vilanova on Letterboxd


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