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THE BELKO EXPERIMENT
2016 / Horror, Thriller
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Directed by Greg McLean
Written by James Gunn
Starring John Gallagher Jr., John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn and Adria Arjona

In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in 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.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Survival
The Belko Experiment (2016)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
The Belko Experiment is a flawed but entertaining thriller which managed to keep my attention throughout the entire length of the film. It is an exercise in human cruelty which focuses more on the physchological aspect of its situation rather than just being an excuse to throw around a bunch of hardcore, gory death scenes although there's still plenty of violence to appease those that crave it.

This is a fresh alternative to the tiresome SAW franchise.
The Belko Experiment (2016)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
More or less a rehash of Battle Royale in a corporate setting, The Belko Experiment isn't really anything new or all that special. I do think it's pretty fun, but if one is left feeling like it's ultimately pointless and derivative, I understand that also.

For me, the set-up brought a lot of interesting possibilities to the forefront. I certainly enjoyed the social examination aspect of it, with the dog-eat-dog world of corporate America coming down to violent and gory massacres. Very fitting of a system based off competition, in my opinion. I wish a little more of the mindset behind the experiment was explained, but what we got was fine.

So many individuals in the film were, at the very least, good. Of course, John Gallagher Jr. (of The Newsroom and 10 Cloverfield Lane) did great as a character with extraordinarily difficult choices to make. Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, and Owain Yeoman made for a great team of antagonists (that lobby execution sequence was brutal). I sort of appreciated what they did with Melonie Diaz's character, but Adria Arjona's didn't do much for me.

Other stand-outs include Brent Sexton (loved his scene toward the end), Sean Gunn, James Earl, Michael Rooker (God, I wish he was in this movie longer), David Del Rio, and Abraham Benrudi (who I know from one of my favorite episodes of the X-Files).

The conclusion is more-or-less what I was expecting, so no big surprises, but at the same time, it was moderately satisfying. I did like the concluding shot, so no complaints there.

Obviously, The Belko Experiment doesn't do all that much that hasn't been done before. It wasn't even all that gory (there were some good scenes, but overall, the violence wasn't too noticeable to me), but at the same time, I enjoyed it. It's one of those films you can just sit back, relax, and watch, without having to really think too much. I liked this one, and while I understand the more tepid reactions to it, I find it above average, and would generally recommend it.
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