Excerpt: I'm such a skeptic I'm even skeptical towards skepticism. Which is another way of saying I don't think that we've reached the end of our scientific knowledge. While I applaud those who expose con men and women for their efforts, no one has definitively ruled out psychic or paranormal phenomena.
Conclusion: 'Beyond' is a run-of-the-mill police procedural with a missing-child's case at the center. Starring Jon Voight, Dermot Mulroney and Teri Polo, the paranormal angle does little to salvage the ultimately dull and conventional movie, becoming more of a nuisance than anything else. The Blu-ray arrives with a surprisingly excellent audio and video presentation, but not a single supplement to make the package the least bit interesting. This is a rental at best.
Summary: The Beyond efforts to create a unique "Missing Person" film with a supernatural twist. Sadly, the film falls into routine and never elevates above genre convention, even as it dabbles in the paranormal and offers the obligatory twist ending that's not particularly difficult to spot early into the proceedings.
Excerpt: My casual dislike for Italian horror director Lucio Fulci has been well documented elsewhere. I thought that Gates of Hell was atrocious, that Zombie was fun if slightly derivative, and that House by the Cemetery was an example of unfortunate effort...a lot of work on a script that could never have been a good flick unless it was guided by the hands of a demented genius (which Fulci is certainly not).
Summary: Beyond is a woman’s unflinching recollecting of her childhood in 1970s Sweden to two Finish parents doomed in their violent love for one another, destroyed by alcoholism and inability to protect the people that need them. Beautifully drawn in ‘70s tropes with orange walls and turquoise bathtubs, the sense of there being something beyond the mess comes from cutting between Leena’s current, loving, successful life and her tumultuous childhood.