Ever since the initial UFO scares in the 50s people have loved to watch movies based on the possibility of invaders from outer space heading to Earth. With the stories of Roswell those movies abounded and screens were filled with various versions of little green men. The films weren't done with finesse until Steven Spielberg came along with CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The low budget film WAVELENGTH a few years later wasn't bad and FIRE IN THE SKY gave us our first serious look at what was claimed to be an actual abduction. THE X-FILES told us to believe. But most movies failed to hit the mark. Until a new film called BEYOND THE SKY was released.
Documentary film maker Chris Norton (Ryan Carnes) is set to make a film about those who claim they were abducted by aliens. Norton is a non-believer who has a rational explanation for all of the claims being made. In part this was spurred on by the fact that his mother left him and his father years before and on that same night his father claims to have seen aliens. Norton goes to a gathering of claimants at a convention near Roswell along with his trusty cameraman Brent (Claude Duhamel). Warmly greeted by Bill Johnson (Don Stark) things get iffy when while interviewing one of the guests he becomes agitated. Johnson asks them to leave but a woman who calms down the young man catches his interest.
The woman is Emily Reed (Jordan Hinson). Norton and Brent track her down to a small group she hosts on her own with no publicity. Somewhat like an AA meeting each members stands, states their name and tells their story. In Emily's case she has been abducted every seven years since she was seven years old. And in a few days she will be celebrating her 21st birthday.
Staying behind and talking with Emily she invites him to go along with her to a secret Indian ceremony nearby that she hopes will protect her from the abduction this time. Given hallucinogens the trio have visions. When they come down the unfortunate news is that the ceremony didn't work. Emily will once again be abducted.
What happens from here is something that has to be seen to be enjoyed. To reveal more would spoilt it and trust me, the movie caught me off guard here and in a good way. I'm one that usually figures out what's coming before a movie gets to the last 20 minutes. I thought I'd done that here but not quite. It makes for a satisfying ending.
The acting is truly good among this group. They come off as believable and that's refreshing to see in a day and age when big name stars come across as performers rather than actual people. Carrying off a performance on a topic like this and making it believable makes it even more special.
But with a movie about alien abduction the true question becomes what about the special effects? If the potential aliens and spacecraft, if they are indeed that, don't look good then a movie can fall flat on its face. Here I found those to be quite satisfying as well. It was a good job and interesting to witness the concepts that the film makers came up with here.
On the whole I would recommend this movie to any and every one. I truly enjoyed it and know I'll hold on to it and watch it again in the near future. It was that good. My guess is you will enjoy it as well so seek it out among the ton of big studio features that don't begin to compare.
Review by kirbylee70-599-526179 from the Internet Movie Database.