Oh, you kids today, with your easily understood science fiction—giant robots hitting other giant robots in the junk and mighty superbeings hitting other mighty superbeings in the junk. But the retro-lush Beyond the Black Rainbow looks like the kind of challenging, mysterious sci-fi that made the '70s so awesome.
I don't know what's happening here, and I don't think I'm supposed to. But Beyond the Black Rainbow seems to be evoking the sort of isolated, guinea-pig vibe of experimental films like THX-1138, A Clockwork Orange and Videodrome. Sometimes a movie doesn't need to make sense as much as it needs to make an impression.
The plot synopsis doesn't help:
Beyond the Black Rainbow, written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, is 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.
It's coming out later this spring, most likely to On Demand and streaming before a small theatrical release. Is Beyond the Black Rainbow something you're interested in seeing, or planning on avoiding?