We dig 6x6 rigs, so when we received a press release from Roadside Attractions highlighting a Mercedes 6x6 in the new movie Beyond The Reach, it had our full attention.
The film, starring Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine, includes the cool 6x6, which is said to be a character of its own. “It almost becomes a villain along with Douglas – Irvine’s character begins to fear it every time it appears,” the release says. The film is a suspenseful, modern take on an old ‘70s western with the moral dilemma that whatever you do good or bad you will end up paying for it. In the film, a high-rolling corporate shark (Douglas) and his impoverished young guide (Irvine) play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert, in this lean, mean cat-and-mouse thriller.
The 6x6 was a prototype and the only one of its kind/color at the time (only two in existence). The vehicle was flown by Mercedes on a cargo carrier jet to Houston and then trucked to location in New Mexico. Mercedes also sent a German engineer to oversee the 6x6 during the shoot. The articulating automatic floodlights, a motorized gun compartment, espresso machine and microwave were added by the art department of the production.
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past year and received rave reviews. It is in theaters and on VOD April 17, 2015. It’s directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti, produced by Michael Douglas and Robert Mitas, and written by Stephen Susco, based on the book Deathwatch by Robb White.