The Beyond – Just Another Weird Netflix Movie

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

This was on Netflix and kept appearing so thought I would give it a try.  While not terrible, this movie lacks a little umph to make it good film.  And yes “umph” is the technical jargon.

Plot:  A strange “Void” appears over earth and scientists attempt to understand what it is.  Then strange black balls appear hovering over the surface of the earth around the globe.  Scientists rush to discover what is on the other side of the “Void” and what the black balls are.

The movie is done as a faux documentary.  This approach I think made the movie a little slower than planned.

What I Liked:  The movie started out well, with an issue on the international space station.  One of the individuals working outside the station gets sucked into the “Void”.  However, the movie seemed to stall from there.

The movie explores creating robotic humans.  That is a robot shell, with the human mind implanted.  The movie spends considerable time on the Human 2.0 program.  This was actually an interesting part of the movie.

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When the first brain is transplanted in the Human 2.0 program, it doesn’t go as planned.  They go to one of the scientists to be the Human 2.0 for the launch into the Void.  The discussion between the two leaders of the program of why they thought she was or was not the right candidate was a good aspect to show.   Her rationale of going in the end was also interesting compared to her previous comments in the movie.

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What I Didn’t Like:  The go to the a secret building for the Human 2.0 program.  The military is driving a Jeep.  I guess we didn’t have the money for better props.  Seriously if you can’t afford the right props, just don’t show them.

Really don’t understand what happened with the disaster in space.  It just all of a sudden happened and looked like all the planets except ours were extremely damaged.  So, if the moon or other planets were severely damaged, wouldn’t that impact our gravitational pull and our tides.  Should have been more explanation or overview.  Felt rushed.

We spent all the time getting through the Void, and then we do the rap up within 10 minutes.  The protection of earth by the alien and then the creation of a 2nd earth.  It just seemed all very quick, as though we ran out of time.

Oh and again, how does adding an 2nd Earth work with the current existing Earth.  I am sure it wouldn’t be quite that easy and gravational fields would be messed up.

Conclusion:  Parts were interesting, but as a whole the movie was rather slow, and the end was rather rushed.