2150 A.D. The Essex, a deep space fishing vessel for industry giant, AmberCorp, is ready to make its final harvest of the season. The ship brushes with a rare creature, mammoth in size and highly territorial. Could this be the same leviathan that killed Richard and Owen's father? To make matters worse, a vicious band of scavengers intercept the transmission and infiltrate the Essex, leaving them with nothing. With no cargo and few supplies, the captain makes a daring decision, they will venture into uncharted territory, playing for keeps, to capture the creature for a large black market take.
Directed by: Ken Locsmandi
. Starring: Holt McCallany
, Zulay Henao
, Dave Sheridan
, James Devoti
, Jocko Sims
, Kodi Kitchen
, Mike Genovese
, Tiffany Brouwer
, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
, Sebastian A. Jones
, Spencer Hill
, John Devoti
, Sheena Chou
. Music by: Nima Fakhrara
, Navid Hejazi
Well, hush my mouth and call me Ishmael. It's Moby Dick in outer space. Seriously. It's Moby Dick in outer space. And, wow, the "reimagining" just doesn't work.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of BEYOND WHITE SPACE is how the sum total of the movie is so much less than the sum of its parts. The sets are good, the outer space CGI is at least adequate to purpose and a bit better, the monsters are new and so on. General production values are quite high. A lot of the acting is subpar but there's a few namebrand actors that acquit themselves satisfactorily. Holt McCallany (the Capt. Ahab of BEYOND WHITE SPACE), as an example is definitely a well-established actor with a collection of credits as long as your arm.
But BEYOND WHITE SPACE is just a poorly transplanted story wrapped in pretty packaging. It's attempted parallels to MOBY DICK are just cringe worthy. There's space ambergris (I kid you not...). There's "white space" equals "white whale". Instead of losing a leg and becoming obsessed with revenge, our Capt. Ahab stand in loses a father and becomes obsessed with revenge. We have a space "whale" that swims around in space instead of water; but it still undulates its body as if it was swimming in water because... I have no idea.
We have space pirates instead of Malayan pirates. The Pequod stand-in spaceship gets destroyed in the end. We have one lone survivor female taking the place of Ishmael as the sole survivor. And the tiresome list just goes on and on. The tale of obsession to ruin worked on the ocean with a whale and a whaling ship; not so much in outer space with a spaceship.
Oh, sure, there were a few additions to make it more science-fiction-y. We have space parasites and giant space crabs (or something) and a mystical "white space" that magically acts as a cure-all for whatever ails you, but this tacked on stuff does not save the picture but rather pushes its envelope of cringey mess out even further.
If you're starving for some science-fiction then BEYOND WHITE SPACE is probably "okay" to watch simply because its production values are so high. But I would recommend watching it with a ginger ale just to keep the contents of your stomach in your stomach.
Review by S_Soma from the Internet Movie Database.