The Beyond was released on 9th January 2018 in the UK with a Guidance rating and is set in 2019 chronicling a ground-breaking mission to send advanced AI astronauts through a newly discovered wormhole trying to see what is on the other side. It is filmed as a behind the scenes documentary and this was sufficient to get a background to the new anomaly. However, after this they should have reverted back to usual. The actual story was good, but it could have been a lot better and you can see that compromises were made to explain how the new AI’s were being produced. I did not recognise any of the actors but this did not detract from the movie and the CGI was adequate. Part way through the movie I did become a little bored, but the action did improve later, and the ending was good if a little bit confusing as to what they were actually saved from. Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars and it won’t be added to my collection.
This film, Small Town Crime was released on January 19, 2018, and it was produced by Olivia Spencer. It deals with alcoholic ex-cop Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) who discovers a battered girl’s body. When he is told that she has died, he decides to discover her murderer. His brother-in-law Teddy Banks (Anthony Anderson) tries to discourage him but he refuses to give up. Through his investigation, he puts himself and his friends in danger.
The storyline was good and it flowed well. The problem that was a disruption of the story was that too much focus was put on Kendall’s alcoholism. This tended to make the story a bit preachy. There are better and shorter ways of getting this point across. The acting was believable and the two leads did a good job. Olivia Spencer also was in the film as Teddy’s wife. For a crime movie, there were plenty of gun battles and blood, but these scenes were toned down by the fact that a lot of these were shot during the night. It lessened the impact for those who like their crime dramas with blood and guts (as usually seen in Tarantino films).
I, for one, like to see some humorous scenes when I watch these sort of movies, but there was none except maybe for the final scene that was interspersed with the end credits. I did like the opening/closing song for the film which was “Good Times” by Eric Burdon and The Animals. I would watch it again but not soon. As for a recommendation for others to watch, I don’t see why not. It is rated R for violence and mature content. If they had put less emphasis on the main character’s alcoholism, I might have given this 4 stars out of five. However, because of this, I will only give it 3 1/2 stars.