Beyond the Black Rainbow
Beyond Science. Beyond Sanity. Beyond Control.
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
I totally get the hate for this film, but fuck you and you're wrong.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is like nothing I have seen before. It wears its influences on its sleeve but instead of just being a winking a homage or mishmash of prior sci-fi, Panos Cosmatos takes these influences and creates something new and completely original. The use of color in this film is simply criminal. It is just too fucking good. No film should be this visually arresting. In fact, every aesthetic facet of this film is outstanding, from the colors to the set design to the music. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a bizarre, hypnotic, haunting experience like no other.
And yet the film is not…
Light. Red light. Yellow light. Sculpting with light. The 80s. The synthesizer. The power of the synthesizer. The power of the slow droney wail of the synthesizer. Light. Mirrors. Light. Subterranean thrill of prowling camera. Retro charm of computer interface. Mindscape. Kubrick. Lynch. Apichatpong. Unrequited love. Shiny yellow cube thing. Pulsing diamond-shaped white thing. Michael Rogers, best wacko scientist since Dieter Laser. Light. White light. Light. The sublime. The sublime. The sublime.
There is hardly any substance to this film, but I have an extreme hard on for cinematography and neon colors so I couldn't help but fall in love with this.
I don't know dude. I totally just watched this, I know that much at least. It says I gave it 3.5 stars, but maybe it's 2 and maybe it's 4.75, who the fuck knows.
“You look lovely when you sleep... sleep Elena, sleep” - Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers)
Panos Cosmatos's 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' is oozing with late 70s early 80's cold war paranoia. Set in 1984 in a futuristic new age commune known as the Arboria Institute. Elena whose never had contact with her natural parents as been brought up by scientists in the commune since birth. Its Dr. Barry Nyles task to lead Elena on her path to becoming a new evolution of human, a sort of new Eve.
The films got the dubious honor of making me fall asleep not once but twice in past viewings. But because the central character is…
muh pretty colors, muh trippy trance genre
Note to self: rewatch on shrooms
Possibly the worst last five minute of a film I've ever seen. Moody and beautiful, this thing jumps the shark like crazzzy. I wanted to throw my computer.
beyond the black rainbow is: when - without request or input - someone accidentally creates your favourite fan fiction all by themselves. Or, the correct amount of pretention, the correct amount of respect, the correct amount of disregard. Or, actual art - on a spit.
The year is 1983; the place, Arboria, a commune offering a new approach to well-being, but harbouring something darker at its core. Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers) has been experimenting on Elena (Eva Allen) and seems to be opening up her latent telekinetic powers while keeping her heavily sedated. Nyle has a deep troubled history of his own, dating back to psychotropic drug experimentation in his youth and it becomes more apparent through the interaction with this new specimen. When I say “apparent” about anything to do with this film, it is a pretty relative term, since everything is implied and boiling away under the stunning rorschach-like imagery presented. Director Panos Cosmatos (son of Rambo: First Blood Part II director, George…
Frustrating. So stubbornly dedicated to the retro futuristic sci-fi aesthetic and the minimalist "plot" that almost everything else suffers. The dedication itself is admirable and makes for a gorgeous sounding and looking picture. Though at some point it veers into self-parody; endless dissolves to unicolored rooms with LED panels, people... who... talk... so... very... slowly... saying... so... very... little..., more endless slow dissolves and push-ins into Michael Rogers trembling, scrunched up face, the pulsing drone like Moog sounds that hypnotize first and then just bore, etc.
There's a good movie in there somewhere, a great one even. And dedicating itself to minimalism and abstraction is certainly not why this doesn't quite work. I've seen critics call the story both nonsensical…
When you watch a horror movie, you almost always know that you're going to be watching something of a well worn tone: either a slow burn, something suspenseful or shocking, or maybe a horror comedy. But, rarely do you get hypnotic and trippy. There have only been a couple of movies that have fit this tone so specifically: Inland Empire, and Eraserhead. Both are David Lynch films. If you take the dream state of Lynch's films, add in more than a dash of the surreality of Altered States with the look of THX 1138, then you begin to get the originality of Beyond the Black Rainbow, a movie that is stunning and singular in its design even as it is inspired by a whole rash of cult movies.