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Trailer Watch: Beyond the Black Rainbow

Via /Film comes the trailer for first-time writer-director Panos Cosmatos’ sci-fi film, Beyond the Black Rainbow, described as

a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Cosmatos brings a bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory and the enigmatic scientist who is her captor. Set in a futuristic 1983, Elena finds herself held against her will in a mysterious facility under the watchful eye of the sinister Dr. Barry Nyle. Pushed to her limits, Elena is left with no choice but to navigate an escape from her labyrinthine prison, in the process revealing its hidden secrets.

The film premiered at Tribeca last fall. Magnet Released picked up the film and has it slated for VOD and digital distribution first sometime this spring, followed by a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it theatrical run.

Beyond all that, I have no clue about this movie, but in addition to Kubrick, I can also see a bit of Solaris (Tarkovsky) and THX-1138 (Lucas, of course), and the visuals are spectacular, so I’m definitely intrigued. With any luck, the story won’t be a steaming mess.

7 Responses to “Trailer Watch: Beyond the Black Rainbow”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I will definitely be on the lookout for this one. I love dystopic fantasy and I’ve missed Kubrick’s visual style. It’s like someone made a movie just for me.

  2. Mamazing1 says:

    Looks good, but the name immediately made me think this would be a Coheed tie in movie, and the story seems very Portal-esque.

  3. Brian Marino says:

    It was reasonably cool.  It has one of the best opening credit sequences ever and the score is fantastic.  That said, it didn’t quite live up to its description and those elements.  It’s oddly arty but also can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be substantial or just fun.  It does have some really beautiful segments and fun trippy stuff and I liked the ending 15 or 20 minutes a lot.  There was a lot of Tarkovsky comparisons but I’d say the only thing it has in common with Tarkovsky is that it is brainy sci-fi which he did a few times.  It does not have his visual or storytelling style at all.  It looks more like John Carpenter and Jodoworksy made a movie together with a guest segment from Kenneth Anger (you’ll see what I mean when you see it).  

    Definitely worth watching but not as amazing as I had hoped, haha.

  4. Ailla says:

    I just got goosebumps watching the trailer, I can’t wait to see this one!

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