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The Rainbow Experiment (2018)

The story takes place in a high school where things spiral out of control when a terrible accident involving a science experiment injures a kid for life.

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Christina Kallas
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Credited cast:
Christian Coulson ... Adam Kazan
Kevin Kane ... David McKenna
Chris Beetem Chris Beetem ... Jamie Freeman
Vandit Bhatt ... Ben
Francis Benhamou ... Anna Guerrero
Robert Z. Grant ... Tomas Prasec
Lauren Sowa ... Alis Willmore
Mark C. Fullhardt ... Parent #2
Margaret Rose Champagne ... Amy Williamson
Larry Gevirtz Larry Gevirtz ... Parent
Kevin Sebastian ... Parent #4
Lacy Marie Meyer ... Shannon Ball
J.B. Roté ... Karen Pitt (as J.B. Rote)
Naomi Warner ... Heather Baines
Stratos Tzortzoglou ... Nicky Kazan
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The story takes place in a high school where things spiral out of control when a terrible accident involving a science experiment injures a kid for life.

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Excellent Schoolhouse Drama
10 September 2019 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

"The Rainbow Experiment" is a deeply dimensional and immersive schoolhouse drama in which a chemistry class experiment goes horribly awry, leaving a student in a coma.

Students and adult leadership wallow in the aftermath as we learn the backstories of each through some wonderfully unconventional and clever storytelling constructs, including tour guide narration from the lingering spirit of the comatose teen - played by Connor Siemer - who breaks the fourth wall to introduce us to the players in this ensemble cast. Throughout, our suspicions of humanity are largely confirmed: When tragedy strikes near and around us, it's not the empathetic lens of the stricken we see through, but instead we're immersed in our own absorptions relative to the event.

This is a highly ambitious film in the layering of its dramatic and suspenseful story. In a day and age in which major studios admittedly streamline film plots with the presumption their distracted home viewing audiences will be simultaneously navigating their phones, "The Rainbow Experiment" demands that you put your handheld devices down for two hours, and promises a richly nuanced payout in return.


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