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
Whoa. There must be some kind of pent up rage in the ranks of the suit and collar crowd, cause this is the second feature (Mayhem is the other) I've seen recently wherein utter violence breaks out at the office place. Some producers somewheres must figure that there's a audience for this to appeal to. This one is a little better than the other, having more of a plot (but not much more) and character arc to portray. The essence is practically the same: we are only a handsbreath away from total anarchy at any time. There are more familiar faces here, making the incredible premise somewhat more palatable.
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.
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