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Beyond the Mask (2015)

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A British East India Trading Company assassin seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation's hope for freedom.

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Chad Burns

Writers:

Paul McCusker (screenplay), Stephen Kendrick (with) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Cheney ... William Reynolds
John Rhys-Davies ... Charles Kemp
Kara Killmer ... Charlotte Holloway
Alan Madlane ... Ben Franklin
Adetokumboh M'Cormack ... Joshua Brand
Charlie Newhart ... Jeremiah Flack
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Basil
Annie Kitral ... Mrs. Holloway
Jennifer Dixon Jennifer Dixon ... Mrs. Witherspoon
Michael Ellison ... Michael Crawford
Franco Pulice ... Edmund Bentley
Thomas D. Mahard ... Dr. Harrow (as Thomas Mahard)
Steve Blackwood ... Richard Harrison
Brenda E. Mathers Brenda E. Mathers ... Margaret Harrison (as Brenda Reed)
Carl Harry Carlson ... Delegate
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Storyline

The chief mercenary for the British East India Company, being double crossed by his former employer, has made his way to the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name, William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) now hides behind a different mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte, a woman he has been lying to, as well as a colonial intellectual by the name of Ben Franklin. All the while he races against time to defuse a plot that could have devastating effect on the birth of a new nation. Written by Matt Smith

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Double-crossed and on the run, an assassin for the British East India Company seeks to redeem his past...


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Rated PG for action, violence and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Andrew Cheney has been married to Kara Killmer since May 14, 2016. See more »

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Main character looks down at a newspaper at 12:05 and its has TWO date - September 10, 1775 and November 1943. See more »

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Destruction Cometh Before The Fall
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Uneven low budget movie...More ambitious than it can handle...
28 November 2015 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

This is a low budget movie (not that $4M are to be considered as a low budget per se) with unknown to me actors with the exception of Indiana Jones's iconic actor John Rhys-Davies (who may actually look better in his 70s).

Anyway this is an uneven movie, and by that I mean that, because of its ambition, it excels in some of its aspects and fails miserably to other.

Music has an epic Zimmer-ish feeling and sets the tone right especially when the hero goes to America. It is obviously sampled orchestras but it has the volume and the feel that you would expect from a major movie.

The editing is stellar too. A couple of fights in the beginning of the film, like inside a carriage and later in a small hut, were edited superbly and mask the otherwise lame fight choreography. Usually a shaken camera and fast edits ruin any effort for a decent fight, that looks eventually fake, but in this the result is beyond expectation.

The acting though is really, really bad. Even laughable. The 2 leads Andrew Cheney and Kara Killmer give performances for the Golden Raspberry Awards. I thought for a moment that I was watching a rehearsal from "The dancing cavalier" (Singin' in the Rain (1952)). The other actors (with the exception of Davies) give abysmal performances too.

The CGI are terrible and unnatural. I understand that it was necessary to give the impression of a big film (ships of the 17th century, zoom-in aerial shots etc.) but they had the opposite result.

The plot is good enough. The costumes nice. So you end up with an uneven film... I don't hate it. I found it cute here and there but maybe it would be better to pursuit a milder less ambitious goal and make better use of their budget...


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,801, 12 April 2015

Gross USA:

$1,236,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,236,094
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Burns Family Studios See more »
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2.35 : 1
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