For those of you interested in psychedelic mind trips, evil psychopathic scientists, and fantastic visual stimulation that may cause a spontaneous release of DMT, director Panos Cosmatos has a film for you! BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW looks like it might tear open the 2001: A Space Odyssey scar, poor in just a bit of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN(the original), and sew it up with a bit of THX 1138.
Cosmatos is bound to take us on a metaphoric journey of the mind. However, you also get the impression that this film will leave you with a sense of curiosity about telepathy, spiritual rituals, and the reality or non-reality of the multi-verse. This is the type of filmmaking Hollywood should embrace. In general, film audiences have become much more intelligent, demanding, and thoughtfully diversified. Cliché love stories, exploding cars, and anorexic histrionic starlets are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now that the internet rules our cerebral cortex on a daily basis, we want more from our movie experience. Directors, writers and producers are now forced to deliver content that contains deeper material that is more intellectually challenging. This cultural change is a continuation of the consciousness shift that is upon us.
Erick Kohn who reviewed the film and gave it a B+ rating says, “The story takes place in some modified, futuristic version of 1983, in a mysteriously barren factory bathed in red lights presided over by the enigmatic Dr. Barry Nyle. An eerie advertisement in the opening minutes erratically displays explosive images on par with the most abstract Stan Brakhage concoction. In the commercial, the doctor promotes the services of the ‘Arboria’ lab in hushed monotone, fleshing out how its ‘sensory therapy’ can ‘guide you along the path to a new, better, happier you.’ In Nyle’s creepy lair, he keeps psychically endowed teenager Elena (Eva Allan) as prisoner, hoping to absorb her powers for his own gain.”
This film has all the components necessary to become a cult classic in the sci-fi-delic genre and is a must see for anyone who would rather jump into heavy traffic than sit through another corporate media mind-control bromance / romantic comedy.
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