The Experiment 2010

The Experiment

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Unemployed Travis (Adrien Brody) enrolls in a psychological role-playing experiment, where participants assume the identities of inmates and prison guards in an empty jail, with the promise of a $1,000-a-day reward. Another participant, Barris (Forest Whitaker), embraces his correctional officer role with a vengeance, and before long, the prisoners find themselves at the mercy of their keepers. All the test subjects discover how easily violence and cruelty can manifest itself in human behavior.

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  • Aug 05, 2015
    Just stick to the German version.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2012
    A group of volunteers with no history of violence or criminality are arbitrarily assigned the roles of prisoners and guards in a psychological experiment that spirals dangerously out of control. A remake of a German film, the most shocking aspect of The Experiment is the fact that it actually happened. Essentially showing how the civilised veneer of the human race can be so easily stripped away, these ordinary decent people become savage and twisted in a frighteningly short space of time when their only source of consequence to their actions is a faceless, anonymous but amoral authority figure. The director places the audience firmly in the place of the observer which detaches you somewhat from the situation and removes some of its intensity, but thanks to great performances from Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody it's a gut wrenching and thought provoking story that makes you wonder just how far we have really evolved from the beast within.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    This movie can be easy to criticize, since the German version was ten times better. However, on its own, it's a pretty good film. The pacing isn't that great, but it's not so bad that it comes off as stupid. There is definitely enough tension going on to keep the viewer interested, and the ending scenes are really awesome. Plus, they made one of the good guys a Neo-Nazi. In this world of black and white PC characters, that takes balls. The one thing The Experiment had over its German counterpart is that it expanded upon the idea that humans aren't much different than the animals that walk on all fours. The main character represents hope for a better future, which is probably the director playing it a bit safe. I'm certainly siding with the Nazi's views on the amorality of mankind on this one. I tried not comparing this film to the German version, but it's hard considering what a masterpiece that film was. If you liked this movie, you owe it to yourself to see the German one.
    Alex M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Heavy-handed, obvious direction telegraphs where this is headed, and not helped by some serious over-acting, personified by Forrest Whitaker of all people as the nebbish who turns mad with power. Only stuck around to see how it ended - with an anticlimactic whimper. The original has got to be 10x better than this clumsy stab at drama. Adrien Brody takes a real beating, and not just his career.
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