Movie Review: The Belko Experiment Review
Updated: May 28, 2019
‘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. ‘
IMDb 6.4/10 Metacritic 44/100 Rotten Tomatoes 52%
So I managed to see a friend post a trailer for this particular movie on Facebook a little while ago and it intrigued me especially when I saw that it written by James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame. It was something completely different from those films and it made me want to take a look at the film. Was I pleasantly surprised? Was I blown away completely by the film? Let's delve into it a little bit and find out.
Now I will admit the casting of characters in the film was surprising considering I heard about the film so late after its initial release. There were a couple of stars that I recognized from previous films and roles that I had not seen for a while. Tony Goldwyn from Ghost who played Carl Bruner, Dorothy from the show Emerald Isle, John C. Reilly who has been in a tonne of films even Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry who have been in a large number of films as well had some smaller parts. It wasn't just a mishmash of actors that were thrown together that no one knew and I was pleased that I recognized a large number of them.
The film takes on the idea of a psychological experiment of a building of workers that are locked in and are forced to make a number of immoral decisions over the course of the day and are forced to take on tasks and are threatened with a more gruesome outcome if they fail to complete the tasks. Of course, initially the workers think it's all a joke until some of the workers are killed for failing to complete the task put forth by ‘The Voice’. When they realize that they are truly in danger panic and chaos ensues as people’s darker sides surface and begin to take over and survival instincts kick in.
Now the scenery of the film is pretty straight forward because they are stuck and locked down in the office with guards on the outside. Guards that which are more than willing to take pot shots at them when they try to get help from the roof. It's nothing special scenery wise because it's just a variety of office rooms with cubicles, the cafeteria and some of the maintenance corridors and of course the lobby.
I thought the idea of the film was different and unique from the onset of it. There are other films that have tackled similar ideas like Cube and Saw but this one takes a slightly different line of attack to it. The film is entertaining, it isn't a jump scare type film it is a lot more psychological than anything. The ending is little bit predictable once it culminates and potentially could leave things open for a sequel but whether or not it happens is a different story. I doubt we see a sequel for this film but if it did I don't know what line they could take for it to get an audience for it.
Would I watch the film again? I could see myself giving the film another view down the road at some point perhaps if it were to hit Netflix or something along those lines. Would it be a film that I own at some point? I am pretty particular about the films I purchase these days I don't do the digital thing and I can say that I wouldn't own the film I would much rather purchase the Saw series or Cube series to be honest. I liked the film but it didn't do anything to blow my pants off. If you manage to have a chance to see it take the opportunity and give it a watch but I wouldn't go out of my way to see the film and make it a priority. I figure that I may be entertained a little more by the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel but then again that's a different style of film all together.
3.5 Beards out of 5