Release Date: 12 January
2014 | 15 | DVD
This is a
battle of two awkward indie performances, as Richard J Danum ( Cole) – haunted, understated, dark – locks horns with Gillian MacGregor ( Maya) – unpleasant but eventually sympathetic. The pair squabble and squirm their way through a fraught relationship, one knitted as the Earth is threatened, and unravelling under the pressure of broken parenthood and the struggles of impending doom.
Jumping back and forth between bleak pre- and post- apocalyptic threads, Beyond is a pretty uncomfortable watch. Various symbolism scattered throughout collides into the marginally unsatisfying conclusion, and it doesn’t make a vast point outside of its own bubble, but since the film also doesn’t overstay its welcome it deserves a pass.
A trailer. Alex Cox