Blu-ray Review: BEAST

BEAST was written and directed by Michael Pearce and stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle and Geraldine James.

Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

The movie takes place in a small island community and follows Moll (Jessie Buckley), a troubled young woman who still lives at home with her over-protective family. What happens is, Moll accidentally meets Pascal (Johnny Flynn), a mysterious outsider that has come to town and the two instantly fall for each other. There’s also been some murders in the area and Pascal ends up becoming the prime suspect so Moll’s family becomes concerned about her safety and insists that she break it off with him. Pascal has offered Moll and new found freedom that she’s so desperately needed so she takes his side.

Moll ends up rebeling against her family and slowly changes as she becomes extremely protective over her new boyfriend and defends his innocence at all costs. This results in her being cast out by her own family and friends but her love is strong for Pascal but something happens that ends up making her question herself for defending him so much. Maybe Pascal is the murderer after all and now that Moll has been shunned by her own community it drives her emotionally over the edge. Moll comes up with a plan to confront Pascal once and for all about the crime and in the end she gets the answer she wants but Pascal finds out that his girlfriend has her own dark side.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Beast ended up being a character driven psycho-thriller that deals with this forbidden romance and an unsolved small town murder that’s tied to these two lovers. The movie plays like a dark modern day fairy tale and features a well-conceived story and a great cast that acts it out. Neither Moll nor Pascal isn’t what they say they are but it’s ultimately revealed that they’re the same in the twisted ending. Writer-Director Michael Pearce delivered a really smart psycho-thriller in his feature film debut that’ll keep you guessing who’s who and what’s what until the final moments tick away. The movie does have a touch of slow burn to it but the payoff is well worth the wait. Beast will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on September 4th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making-of featurette  that features interviews with some of the cast and crew, a photo gallery, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “The Making of Beast” Featurette (07:29)
  • “A Look at Beast” Photo Gallery (05:46)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:28)
  • Digital Copy


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