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Deep within the mysterious Arboria Institute, a disturbed and beautiful girl is held captive by a doctor in search of inner peace. Her mind controlled by a sinister technology. Silently, she waits for her next session with deranged therapist Dr. Barry Nyle. If she hopes to escape, she must journey through the darkest reaches of The Institute, but Nyle wonʼt easily part with his most gifted and dangerous creation.
"No matter where you go - There you are." B. Banzai
Beyond the Black Rainbow starts out with 1 9 8 3, the year of my birth, my first breath. We then read the words: "A state of mind, a way of being, A practical application of an abstract ideal, Born of a dream to create a reality, A different way to think, A new wave to live, A perfect way to believe."
The film starts out with heavy use of red and ends with a heavy saturation of violet, from elementary science you learn the name Roy G. Biv, to remember the colors of the rainbow.
Panos Cosmatos has created a hypnotic masterpiece. I was literally transfixed to the…
The Anti-Enlightenment. The Inverted Inverted Pyramid. The Cosmic Serpent Turned Inside-Out, Its Skin Shed Within, Lost To An Interior Void. Liberation Usurped By The Command/Control Systems Which It Enabled And Allowed For. Kosmische Dusts, Inhalants, Moldened. The Pupil Dilated To Absorb The Whole Of The Iris. The Dream Of Self-Containment, An Inward Spiral Seeping Finally Into An Abyss Without End, Which Leads To What? Which Leads To Here.
The Psychedelic Dystopias Of the 1970's, Flattened And Suborned Into Reaganite Slasherisms. A Narrowing And A Confinement, Let Loose Into A Where.
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Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.
Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that only seems outside a piece if you don't look at it all that hard.
There's a number of reviews of that cite the director's statement wherein he dubs the film as a childhood imagining, a reconstructed idea of the material…
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a film swimming in its own vomit of filmic references. It’s an aesthetically stylish pastiche of ‘70s and ‘80s science fiction cinema without the big ideas to back up its bold and arresting images. No doubt it is a film that will find a small and vocal band of followers who find its trippy atmosphere an unforgettable sensory experience or discover greater depth to its underwritten plot and ambiguous images. For those, like me, annoyed by its cribbed style and arty abstraction it is a far more frustrating experience.
Set in an alternate 1983 a mute, telepathic prisoner (Elena) is kept in an isolated research facility and forced to endure ponderous meetings with an evil…
If Argento, Lynch, and Kubrick had a baby it would be called "Beyond the Black Rainbow". Imagine the last 15 minutes of 2001 stretched out to a 2 hour film and you pretty much get the vibe of this. It's also got a very John Carpenterish score that rocks. I don't know what kind of Kool-Aid Panos Cosmatos is drinking but if he's gonna make films like this let's hope he keeps it up.
Do you hear that? It's the sound of your mind melting from watching Beyond the Black Rainbow.
Put David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Thx1138 in a blender. Hit puree. Garnish with a twist of slasher movie and enjoy.
Taste the rainbow.
Do not push it for high art. Do not name it as science fiction. There are no symbols hidden and no layers to unwrap. And yes, I couldn't care less about the characters.
It unacceptably suspends narrative arc for flamboyant visuals which are rhetorical in lighting and makes utterly no sense. Beyond the Black Rainbow is a fevered hysteria which swims in waters which are deep enough for it to drown and die.
Muy buenas tomas, colores, estilo. Pero trama meh.
Aún así la dirección hace que valga la pena verla.
Absolutely zero substance. I was given no reason to care about anyone or how they related to one another. Total dog shit.
Soundtrack's kinda dope.
Hyper-visual, but only that.
If you decide to watch this roll a big fat joint before viewing. You'll either cream or shit yourself. Either way you're in for a good time, but if you watch this sober like I did you're also in for a good time. I was transfixed to the screen. Unable to take my eyes off the screen I just layed there with my heart pounding.
This film is hypnotic. It's a 70's/80's homage/critique actually done right. Effectively making all other 80's homage / rip-offs / nostalgia dives look like cheap imitations. Good job Panos. Hope you do more stuff.
Pastiche of the 70s science fiction dystopias I actually like. I think I'm watching those again.
This started with immense potential but ultimately didn't really go anywhere which is too bad. It felt like Lost at times with the mystery and sci-fi but just did not do anything besides mimic something better.
This isn't an easy one to recommend. I can't even call it a slow burn, as that would imply that something has generated enough heat to actually catch fire. Personally, I thought the pay-off justified the pace, but hinging your judgment on that alone will most likely frustrate you, as viewers seem sharply divided by the film's final act.
There are moments (most, but not all, peppered throughout the escape sequence) that capture the late 70's/early 80's sentiment so well that they feel (impossibly) more nostalgic than the scenes they're paying homage to. As part of the generation weened on this unique aesthetic of horror, I am generally powerless to deflect its charms and as such can not accurately assess its merit... or lack, thereof.
(The soundtrack, a love letter to John Carpenter, only serves to further hinder my ability to evaluate the film from any position even remotely resembling objectivity.)
Amazing lighting, super cool soundtrack, beautifully shot and designed.
Why is this film so fucking boring? At 80 minutes it would have been a little slow but generally tolerable. At just under two hours? Painful. Pretty much everything I really appreciated about this film was taken away by how unbelievably dull it was. Incomprehensible, paced like a snail, too much slow-mo.
Needs a better editor.
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