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Beyond The Black Rainbow 2012 R CC

Held captive in a specialized medical facility, a young woman with unique abilities seeks a chance to escape her obsessed captor.

Starring:
Michael Rogers, Eva Bourne
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Director Panos Cosmatos
Starring Michael Rogers, Eva Bourne
Supporting actors Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson, Marilyn Norry, Gerry South, Chris Gauthier, Sara Stockstad, Roy Campsall, Geoffrey Conder, Colombe Meighan, Ryley Zinger, Vincente Rodriguez Lima
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Paul Donovan TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 19, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Nine Things About the Movie “Beyond the Black Rainbow” [Canada, 2010]

1. There are four kinds of drug movies:

a) movies about how terrible drugs are - most movies are of this type.

b) movies that show drugs are funny and harmless - these are the weed movies like “Friday” and “Pineapple Express”.

c) movies that can only really be appreciated if you are on drugs - movies like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “Brazil”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, or “Apocalypse Now”..

d) then there is the most rare movie of all - the movie that is itself a drug. These are movies that try to cause you to feel the same way that a psychedelic experience will.

2. This movie is in the last category. There is no way to describe this movie in regular language. Combining Kubrick, Cronenberg, Lynch, Burroughs, and Lovecraft, this isn't even really a movie by traditional standards, but an experiment in using cinema to alter consciousness.

3. The director himself called this a “trance film”, and downplayed the actual story for an atmospheric and dream-like experience.

4. It's set in 1983, but the soul of the film is locked in an acid-induced fever dream from 1965. The plot, if it matters, is about a telepathic girl held against her will in a bizarre hospital, while her doctor does strange things with drugs and a glowing crystal in an attempt to find ultimate reality. Or something like that.

5. The movie shows the dark side of the hippy movement. While trying to bring peace and light to the world, the movie argues that hippies did just the opposite, causing people to go too far in their quest for inner peace - whether it was from drugs or occult games. The Balance was upset.

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Just because most of the films you watch have easily discernible plots does not mean that films presented otherwise are poorly made. Think of Beyond the Black Rainbow as poetry, not as a novel. If you need a clear explanation stay away from this film. You'll hate it. If you can enjoy the bizarre, wild mood, and viscerally gorgeous photographic visuals then stick around. If you enjoy films where everything is not spelled out for you then this too might be a sign that Beyond the Black Rainbow is for you. Think of it as the privilege of entering someone else's dream.

In the vein of Land of the Lost, Space 1999, Liquid Sky, Altered States, Coma, Looker, THX1138, Scanners, 2001, and filmmakers like Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and dozens of other films and filmmakers I know and don't know from the 70s and 80s comes Beyond the Black Rainbow. It is a fever dream of a film that is more experience than linear narrative. Imagine a B film from the 1980s was lost and never seen. Beyond the Black Rainbow is supposed to be that lost film. It's here as if from a time machine. The film is a homage to low budget gems from the past; something only seen in some off the beaten path theater away from civilization.

Now despite all reports to the contrary there is some semblance of a narrative here. Remember though that what follows is my interpretation of what I saw. The film is open ended enough to serve yours too. The film is carefully and skillfully constructed so I assume if he wanted things explained more, he would have simply done that. Like the famous Kubrick/Lovecraft quote: "In all things mysterious - never explain.
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A young woman is trapped in a room in a lab, being observed and experimented on. A sinister doctor talks to her through the glass every day but she never responds or even looks at him. The neon-coated visuals, synth soundtrack and antique computer monitor displays are all meant to give the impression that this is a movie made in the early 1980's, a fact further reinforced by a scene in which Ronald Reagan makes an appearance on a television screen. Beyond the Black Rainbow looks and sounds great--one just wishes that it was more than an empty-headed exercise in style. In terms of story virtually nothing happens. You never find out much of anything about either of the main characters and there's no suspense or twists or action or anything--just those pretty visuals and a soundtrack that John Carpenter probably would have been pleased with. This is worth a look but it could have been a whole lot better..
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My curiosity was piqued after reading so many sharply divided reviews of Beyond the Black Rainbow, which is alternately described as a visionary drug-like experience and a slow, nonsensical mess. I like druggy stuff so the bad reviews didn’t deter me and I wanted to see which side of the fence I’d be on.

Well, Black Rainbow has its charms all right but it struck me as a downbeat and overwrought melodrama that portrays psychoactive drugs as being damaging to the psyche. The story starts with some unengaging interactions between the two main characters, an oddly-affected psychiatrist of sorts and a mute young woman who’s his patient/captive. Although lack of plot structure is alleged by the movie’s detractors, there’s a fairly linear story involving a pharmaceutical/therapeutic institute, its hallucinogenic drug development and the relationships between its founder, his ill-fated test subject (the shrink) and the captive girl. None of the characters generate much interest and the psychiatrist character is a particular problem, as the camera dwells on him with annoying regularity.

There are indeed some visually striking interludes -- including a stirring depiction of what a dark psychedelic trip is like -- that are good enough to give me pause about my two star rating. But the conventional drama of the story interferes with the attempted hypnotic effect of the music and visuals, and vice versa. As such, Black Rainbow seems to have an identity conflict. It alludes to music video sensibility without plunging into it enthusiastically enough to be successful and its forays into character development, mostly expressed through drab dialogue sequences, are similarly awkward.
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