The Belko Experiment (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Belko Experiment offers a few moments of lurid fun for genre enthusiasts, but lacks enough subversive smarts to consistently engage once the carnage kicks in.
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as Mike Milch
as Leandra Flores
as Barry Norris
as Bud Melks
as Marty Espenscheid
as Wendell Dukes
as Dany Wilkins
as Keith McLure
as Terry Winter
as Vince Agostino
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Critic Reviews for The Belko Experiment
A lean, mean, bloody comedy of the darkest order, Greg McLean's The Belko Experiment is pure genre fun.
The unsatisfying result of all the berserk paranoia is predictable.Talk about a take-no-prisoners plot.
For all its promise to be a wry commentary on the savagery of office politics, "The Belko Experiment" is more like an experiment in how many cracked-open skulls can be crammed into one movie.
By the end of the film, you're left with the unshakable feeling that everyone involved, from actors to filmmakers to the audience, is, and should have been, better than material like this.
Audience Reviews for The Belko Experiment
The Belko Experiment delivers almost exactly what people expect from the film. However, underneath all of the gory carnage, the complete lack of surprise or originality, make it a film that won't be longtime remembered like its related counterpart Battle Royale. It is a mostly unclever attempt to inject some meaning into the well-worn horror-thriller template, but the commentary on human behavior is shoe-horned so late and haphazardly into the movie, it doesn't fully land. This could have been a savagely smart thriller, but it ends up just being messily savage for savage sake. Rating: 49
A brutal social experiment but fails at providing a worthwhile plot.
The film just doesn't have the strength or cult quality to let you really embrace the film. The characters don't gel well together and the actors, while are incredible, they just don't have a lot to work with. Gunn probably wrote an interesting script but it required so much more to wow audiences in this current market. Horror films aren't the laughing joke of the neighbourhood anymore and when a filmmaker who wrote The dawn of the dead remake, Slither and The guardians of the galaxy types the words The End on a keyboard, I'm intetested. The real issue here is the film needed a lot more social context and a little more exposition, robbing us of this can be okay, if the director pulls off an incredible horror film, this isn't the case. A final twist could've gut punched the audience and helped lift a rather flat horror film. I wanted to love this film, Slither is an incredible journey but this film doesn't do this. Mclean isn't the right director for the material and the casting choices for the leads just felt uninspired. The concept was there but the film couldn't deliver. 15-06-2017.
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