In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
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If the screenplay had taken the time to develop the characters or explore the psychology of human beings trapped in a high-pressure situation like this, "The Belko Experiment" could have been more than it is - a movie that often feels like porn for nihilists, or "The Office" with a body count. But I sure appreciated the commitment to gnarly practical effects, which at times resemble Verhoeven or Noe on a budget.
Decent flick with a great cast, a promising set up and good production values. The problem here lies in that the makers are content with just doing what you think they will. There are no innivative ideas, no curve balls, no ambiguity, no urgency to make this rise above its "been there done that" status. Still the movie succeeds in what it tries to do. An ok time waster...
As cruel and uninsightful as the worst Saw. Takes a few hints from 2005 The Method, The Purge and Battle Royalle, and does not seem to take any lessons from decades worth of psychology (like the Stanford Prison Experiment, and others). A bad case of the recent trend of the viewers psychopathy exploitation. Why do something so twisted and pointless?
Entertaining but empty mix of the superior 'Battle Royale' and 'Cabin in the Woods' that attempts to set up a possible franchise but with unlikely success. Performances are adequate for genre but no one really gets to shine in their stock characters and grisly ends.
A piss-poor, shoddy riff on the far-superior Battle Royale. The Belko Experiment takes a predictable and unimaginative route with everything: from the blandly directed action sequences, tensionless horror, and its formulaic character-building scenes. Gunn's script doesn't take any chances in the narrative's telling more than dull kills, nor does the dog-eat-dog world of corporate stiff life cohere thematically.
The Belko Experiment is a taut, nihilistic horror-thriller and a truly gripping one at that. Its ugly fascination with the most deep-seated rage that bottles up inside a person during times of great distress and its depiction of the utter hopelessness of those who try to remain calm and collected in those same moments is as engrossing as it is spine-tingling. Inarguably derivative, but filled with personality.
Another sad attempt at relaunching the battle royale genre, itself a tired metaphor of neoliberal ideology ("there is no society, only individuals", "there is no alternative", Margaret Thatcher). File under "Milgram Experiment with guns". Alas, the social commentary is as thin as a wafer. Corporate life is hell: Greg, tell us something that we don't know.
A confusing mess of a film attractive to MAGA-era audiences, it seems to go something like this: capital-S science is out to get us, and even those who hate violence must (eventually) arm themselves and destroy the competition with abandon.
But from a slightly different vantage point, it's a critique of masculinist corporate culture, with the white privileged COO ready to dispose of underlings in the blink of an eye.