Set in 2019, The Beyond chronicles the groundbreaking mission which sent astronauts - modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered wormhole known as the Void. When the mission returns unexpectedly, the space agency races to discover what the astronauts encountered on their first of its kind interstellar space journey.
|Release Date||:||November 17, 2017|
|Production Company||:||Ground Control Entertainment, Sector 99|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Casts||:||Jane Perry, David Bailie, Julian Graham, Nigel Barber, Amy Argyle, Kosha Engler, Brian Deacon, Noeleen Comiskey, Jessica Blake, Ezra Khan, Karen Brace, Melissa Graham, Nick Kokotakis, Tom Christian, Alissa Juvan, Alex Duong, Zack Schor, Bruce Chong, Georgina Blackledge, Neil Percival, Alexander Clay, Fiona McGee, Roger Harding, Fahimah Hedar, Aleksandr Uusmees, Adam Batchelor, Jessica Riley, Alek Usemee, Stuart Ashton, Imran Yusuf, Cheah Wen Jin, Harriet Leah Preston, Dare Emmanuel, Anderson Augustine, Jaedon Tan Yung-Ming, Peter McAllister, Zoe Cookie Levere|
|Plot Keywords||:||mockumentary, space station, alien friendship|
Question: What sort of movie do you get when you have a visual effects supervisor write, direct and edit his own movie?
Answer: Why, THE BEYOND.
Hasraf Dulull, the writer, director and editor of THE BEYOND has a well established career as a visual effects supervisor and in many other roles generally revolving around visual effects. And, truth be told, the visual effects in THE BEYOND are superior in almost every respect. As one professional reviewer noted, Dulull is quite expert in executing visual effects "in ways that make the movies feel bigger than their budgets". Dulull has very much succeeded in making THE BEYOND "LOOK" like a science-fiction summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, THE BEYOND fails in every other aspect of professional moviemaking.
Not to put too fine a point on it, Dulull can't write, can't direct, and pretty much can't do anything else effectively when it comes to moviemaking OTHER than create superior visual effects. The storyline is appalling, any grasp of basic physics is missing entirely (sort of a failing in a science-fiction movie...), the majority of the acting is stiff and wooden at best, and so on. Glacially slow, THE BEYOND is literally painful to watch. Adding insult to injury, the movie concludes on an incessantly preachy note that is all but unstomachable.
I know that brutally negative reviews are not well received on IMDb and that this review will be condemned as "unhelpful". But this movie is what it is and one would have to lie to say anything else.
So A+ for visual effects and straight F's across the board for literally everything else for THE BEYOND.