Das Experiment (The Experiment) (2001)



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A man taking part in a scientific study finds the fine line between play-acting and reality has been blurred beyond recognition in this taut drama. Tarek Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu) is a journalist who is temporarily making ends meet by driving a taxi when he sees an advertisement offering 4,000 marks to people willing to submit to a psychological experiment. Intrigued, Tarek offers to take part in the study and persuades one of his former editors to help him work up a story about his experiences. … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christoph Darnstadt, Don Bohlinger, Mario Giordano, Oliver Hirschbiegel
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Das Experiment (The Experiment)

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Probably it's more action film than anything else, but has enough insight to be of interest to serious filmgoers.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Globe and Mail
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What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight.

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

October 4, 2002
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Das Experiment (The Experiment)

20 men volunteer to participate in a lab experiment in a simulated prison. At first the men have a good time with it, but then things go downhill when some of the men take the experiment more seriously than others. The film is based on a true experiment, and the results are pretty much what you expect, if you're familiar with either the original experiment or LORD OF THE FLIES. Pretty grim at times, and not a feel-good film by any means. But the performances are good, and the film is involving and intense. Fans of films such as TAXI DRIVER would find things to like here.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Das Experiment is a theatrical "what if" inspired by the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment (1971) and Mario Giordano's subsequent novel. The script is gritty enough but there are more than a few holes and lapses of logic. Still, the overall aura of the film is gripping and intense. I'm sure an inferior Hollywood remake is already in the works (see also: RIngu, Old Boy, Let the Right One In, etc., etc., etc.)

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Based on a real life psychological experiment, the simulated prison environment is like a ticking timebomb, waiting to see the power struggle between Guards and Prisoners unleash into violence and humiliation.

A good film, well acted, but possibly not quite as good as a lot of reviews have led me to believe, I think, because the ending tends to go on for a little too long.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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