Really had to rush this one to the front of the queue and get it up on here as soon as possible – found it by COMPLETE chance last night and pretty much loved every minute of it.
It was about 8pm and I was in the mood for a Science Fiction injection – I’d had enough of horror for the week and the only other genre I enjoy (movie-wise) is the good old Sci-Fi option!
Anyway, I starting making my way through the newest season of Black Mirror…which is pretty f##king awesome yet again…and I decided I wanted a bit of a ‘space-movie’ experience.
So…I hit up one of my favorite streaming sites and instantly stumbled upon a new release in the Science Fiction section – The Beyond.
Had no idea about the country of it’s origin or it’s format – it’s front cover had a planet and a spaceship…and at the time that was good enough for me!
Imagine my surprise when the first scene turned out to be in the mockumentary format…
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.
CGI With Substance
I don’t know what it is about Found Footage movies with a big CGI budget – most of the time they end up lacking in something really simple.
Just recently, I think it was The Gracefield Incident…yeah that’s right – The Gracefield Incident – perfect example of blowing a budget on decent effects and leaving the rest of the movie float in a shit stream.
Of course this isn’t always the case – Cloverfield and Chronicle are great examples of what can be done with Found Footage and special effects…but the more recent effect-ridden contributions to the genre have failed to impress (me).
Visually, The Beyond was pretty much majestic – from start to finish.
But, surely director Hasraf Dulull was going to cut some corners to make up for this stunning visual display?
To be brutally honest with you – I struggled to find any sort of negatives throughout this film.
Okay, maybe the build is going to be a bit too slow for Spielberg fans…but to me it was like an orchestral journey.
At last we get a bit of CGI with substance behind it – a Science Fiction tale that shows us what the Found Footage genre is capable of…if used correctly.
Probably the best movie I’ve watched all year…wait a minute…we’re only in January!!!
You know what I mean – probably the best movie I’ve watched from this genre in the last 12 months (there, that makes more sense!).
Now, I should point out that I am a geek and I like my Science Fiction to stretch my imagination – I don’t necessarily need Death Star’s and fat Jabba’s to be entertained by it.
The Beyond is a Science Fiction fan’s movie – it’s pace is not exactly ‘hell for leather’!
Unfortunately, this probably means that a lot of viewers are going to switch off halfway through it…and that’s a bit of a tragedy really.
So, if you’re the impatient kind, and you’re reading this – fuck off and watch a Rambo movie instead (this film ain’t for you!).
I’d never heard of this Dulull dude before – so I did a little digging after the final credits had rolled on the movie.
To my surprise, it turns out he is a veteran VFX artist that worked on The Dark Knight – now things started to make sense.
The picture he has painted here is quite breathless at times – so much so that you forget you are watching ‘footage’ on the screen in front of you.
Here comes my biased bit – the movie is from the UK!
Yeah, well I’m always going to have a soft spot for Found Footage projects from the UK (let’s be honest – a large percentage of them ROCK!).
I’m going to cut the review here because I don’t want to give away too much of the experience – I went into it with eyes wide open…and I think everyone else should too!