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.
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.
These kinds of movies are always entertaining, and this one tries really hard to be unpredictable. My rating pretty much reflects how much it succeeded in doing so and would probably be higher if the second act didn't fly by so fast and eliminated so many cool opportunities.
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?
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.
BELKO is a bit of a mind-twist as we are thrust into a world where everything seems just a bit off kilter. We learn that the inhabitants of an international company with a branch in Colombia are a part of a worldwide experiment, which seems purposeless to say the least. Yet I feel there is deeper rhetoric behind certain characters and their death or lack thereof onscreen, but that's ultimately up to the imagination.
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.
I went into this film with high hopes. It had a great cast of small character actors and it was written by the immensely talented James Gunn! However, I walked out feeling a tad underwhelmed... This film's greatest strength is its premise and unfortunately it fails to live up to that premise. It had the chance to be the next Cabin in the Woods or Evil Dead, but in the end it's just another forgettable horror film.