Be­yond

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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

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