Beyond the Reach

Ben is a young tracker living in the southwest with his girlfriend Laina. When she leaves for college on a scholarship, Ben makes the difficult choice to remain behind, a decision that he will come to regret.

Madec is a rich, powerful international businessman, who is hunting for a bighorn to add to his trophy collection. He hires Ben as his guide through the Reach, a vast and hostile desert basin. The hunt goes tragically wrong as Madec, too eager for a kill, pulls the trigger quickly, and accidentally kills an old prospector. Attempting to cover up his crime, Madec tries to bribe Ben to dispose of the body and forget the incident, but Ben staunchly refuses to play along. Now, Madec must eliminate his only witness. He turns on Ben, sending him into the desert without clothing, food or water. In a sadistic game of cat and mouse, Madec stalks Ben with his weapons and massive six-wheel-drive Mercedes truck. Ben becomes the target of Madec’s fiendish mind. Ben uses his survival skills and his knowledge of the Reach to challenge Madec at his own game in an attempt to bring him to justice.

Wounded and emotionally changed by the experience, Ben escapes the desert and reunites with Laina at her college. The two young lovers pledge to stay together, but the Reach continues to haunt Ben and Madec’s shadow looms over and threatens their fate.

The Reach

Ben, a young man who works as a hunting guide, gets a job of a lifetime when he is hired by Madec, a wealthy businessman from Los Angeles, to hunt a bighorn sheep. Their excursion in the Southwestern desert quickly goes from bad to worse when overly-eager Madec gets trigger happy, accidentally killing an old prospector. He attempts to bribe Ben for his secrecy, but Ben staunchly refuses. Outraged, Madec turns on Ben, determined to eliminate the only witness to his crime. Trapped in a sadistic cat-and-mouse game, Ben has to rely on his basic survival skills to make it out alive. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]