Das Experiment (The Experiment) (2001)
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A drama based on a real experiment carried out in Palo Alto, California where a group of scientists gathered 20 people and had them carry out a psychological experiment for a cash reward. As part of the research project, the recruits were divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled penitentiary-like environment, "Prisoners" are incarcerated and ordered to obey the rules; "Guards" are instructed to keep order. They are thrown headfirst into a two-week long examination of the effects of
Jan 1, 2001 Wide
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The movie's central premise -- is well supported in a film whose strength is in its close-ups on characters and its ability to put the viewer in the cell with them.
Probably it's more action film than anything else, but has enough insight to be of interest to serious filmgoers.
What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight.
Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one.
In the end, it looks as if this experiment proves only one thing: People forced to play guards and prisoners tend to end up imitating bad prison movies.
Go in expecting whatever you want, chances are you're going to get something that much better.
The Experiment est un bon film, mais je comprends mal qu'il ait pu gagner des prix.
Certamente provocaria mais impacto caso o roteiro tivesse abandonado subtramas dispensáveis como a "namorada que perdeu o pai" e se concentrado mais na fascinante experiência.
When a picture about the roots of evil takes the easy way out, the price is potentially more grave than just the failure of a film: it starts to smell a little like exploitation, after all.
"The Experiment" keeps your adrenaline pumping nearly from beginning to end.
...takes its time with what it has to say, but very little of it is uninteresting - and the whole thing is capped off by a third act that will have you squirming in your seat.
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel uses a stark and spare style to depict the action. . . with breakdowns sudden and savage in contrast to the intermittent quiescence
Bleibtreu is a clone of Brendan Fraser in looks, but he's far superior in talent.
...it gets all murky and brutal, with rape and murder and all kinds of Hobbesian business going on.
Expect to do plenty of flinching, recoiling and face-covering.
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