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Michael Douglas stars as Horton Madec, a smug, slick financier and trophy hunter.

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1.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Stephen Susco
Directed by
Jean-Baptiste Léonetti
Starring
Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

Beyond the Reach, adapted from the same Robb White Deathwatch novel that spawned the 1974 Andy Griffith-starring television movie Savages, is a deadly, desert-set game of cat and mouse that is tired and beyond plausibility.

Michael Douglas plays a smug, slick financier and trophy hunter named Horton Madec – of course he does – who hires a hunky, heartbroken young guide named Ben (played vacantly by War Horse's Jeremy Irvine) to help him rifle down a bighorn sheep.

When Madec kills an old prospector by mistake, a highly manipulated plot happens, involving Ben taking off his shirt – for you, ladies – and being left to perish in the desert while Douglas's Madec keeps close eye and restrained pursuit.

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"I'm not going to kill you," Madec says, "I'm going to watch you die."

One imagines director Jean-Baptiste Léonetti told Douglas much the same thing.

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