Monday, November 7, 2011

AFI FEST 2011: "Beyond the Black Rainbow"

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (2011) ** 110mins. D: Panos Cosmatos. Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands.

Set in 1983 at a clinic that promotes mental and physical wellness, a doctor is treating a female patient who appears to be exhibiting abilities that go beyond normal.

Where to begin. This film is chock full of striking imagery, great sound and felt like a throwback to 1970s sci-fi films. However, it succumbs to a third act that was straight out of a generic slasher film and was overly long and at times tedious.

While there appeared to be some sort of structure to the story, the execution of it will try the patience of the most discerning viewer. You can throw the most bizarre and disjointed imagery and scenes at me and in many cases I will walk away with some sort of logical interpretation of what I've seen. In this case, when it ended instead of asking what was that all about I was wondering what was the point.

On the surface it was about a girl being experimented on who wants to get away. Her doctor is obsessed with her. When she finally gets away, he becomes homicidal. Pretty simple, huh. When I look back at what transpired on screen, I'm not even sure if that is what was intended. If it was, he could have done it in a better way.

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