Beyond The Reach


Beyond The Reach (2015)


Critic Consensus: Beyond the Reach promises goofy genre pleasures, but fails to deliver, losing the viewer -- and a villainous turn from Michael Douglas -- in a misguided story that stumbles to the finish.


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A high-rolling corporate shark (Michael Douglas) and his impoverished young guide (Jeremy Irvine) play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert in this lean, mean cat-and-mouse thriller. (C) Roadside Attractions

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Critic Reviews for Beyond The Reach

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (19)

Michael Douglas serves up an enjoyably villainous performance for this survival thriller in the classic 70s style of Deliverance and Duel, based on the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White.

Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Michael Douglas chews the spectacular desert scenery in this silly, enjoyable survival thriller.

Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Ultimately, the take-away from "Beyond the Reach" is this: Don't go into the desert with a guy in a blazer. Even if he offers you a martini.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Watching Douglas behave like a narcissistic scumbag is an absolute pleasure, one in which viewers of action-adventure "Beyond the Reach" can happily indulge.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A deadly, desert-set game of cat and mouse that is tired and beyond plausibility.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Beyond the Reach" is a grueling, unsatisfying thriller that fails the logic test in spectacular ways.

Apr 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beyond The Reach


Michael Douglas single-handedly carries this survival thriller against a pretty forgettable protagonist, whose relationship is initially rammed down our throats, for lack of a real background. The film looks gorgeous, the landscapes are fantastic, and there are moments of suspense. But at times, the chase is so cartoonishly random, you almost feel as if you're in a Roadrunner show. The solution is pretty disappointing. What remains is Douglas being great at what he does.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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What promises to be a strong suspense story disappoints in delivering as an equally strong conclusion proves to be beyond the reach of the filmmaker. Nevertheless, there is some fine cinematography and decent script writing in the first two thirds of the film. Acting is adequate despite Douglas' at-times hammy performance.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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