Ostensibly, the films plot wait, perhaps I should put that word in quotation marks, and then quotation marks around that set of quotation marks just to be safe. Yeah, Ill do that. Lets start over.
Ostensibly, the films plot centers on Elena (Eva Allan, TVs Caprica), a young woman trying to escape the labyrinthian Arboria Institute. Thats a place where, it was announced in 1983, a scientific breakthrough of bliss had occurred. Of course, if that were the case, Elena wouldnt be trying to get the holy heck out of there, and the institutes shrink-like authority figure (Michael Rogers, the online Mortal Kombat: Legacy series) wouldnt be so damn creepy.
This is not a movie thats drowning in dialogue; its nearly the polar opposite of a talkie. When they do speak, everyone does so roughly three times as slow as normal. Thats all part of the intentional, methodically pace established by writer/director Panos Cosmatos (son of George P. Cosmatos, director of Cobra, Tombstone and Rambo: First Blood, Part II), so soak it in. Those who find the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris (either version) engrossing rather than boring are this cult item in the waitings ideal target.
As important as what you see is what you hear; Beyond the Black Rainbow sounds and plays like a long-form Boards of Canada video, but the enchanting, haunting ambient waves come courtesy of Sinoia Caves. That music makes a symbiotic match with the look so crisp and sharp and imaginative, I cannot believe this is only Cosmatos first film. Hes already a master visualist; Papa would be damn proud.
Watching this unpredictable experience on Blu-ray over DVD is a must. Percocet optional. Rod Lott