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First-time director Panos Cosmatos creates a truly original science-fiction vision with this Cronenberg-meets-Tarkvosky fever dream.
In a secluded medical facility called Arboria, a young patient named Elena (Eva Allen) has been confined and heavily medicated by a team of scientists who continually probe her emotional and mental states. As Elena desperately tries to find a way to escape her stark, antiseptic surroundings, other strange presences in the compound — including a gleaming crystal pyramid pulsing with energy, and a mysterious, androgynous, space-suited figure — hint at the enigmatic, and terrifying, nature of the work going on at Arboria. To reveal more about the methodically paced and at times willfully confounding plot of Beyond the Black Rainbow would be to dissipate its insane magic. First-time director Panos Cosmatos (son of lauded 1980s action-movie veteran George P. Cosmatos) displays a truly original science-fiction vision in this one-of-a-kind film whose hypnotic style, haunting synth score and heavy doses of dread make it an exercise in sensory overload, an early Cronenberg-meets-late Tarkovsky fever dream.