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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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In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.


Adria Arjona
as Leandra Flores
Tony Goldwyn
as Barry Norris
Michael Rooker
as Bud Melks
Sean Gunn
as Marty Espenscheid
John C. McGinley
as Wendell Dukes
Melonie Diaz
as Dany Wilkins
Josh Brener
as Keith McLure
Owain Yeoman
as Terry Winter
Brent Sexton
as Vince Agostino
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The unsatisfying result of all the berserk paranoia is predictable.Talk about a take-no-prisoners plot.

March 21, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Observer
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Vicious, mostly satisfying action.

March 17, 2017 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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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.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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You may think of Dilbert one minute, the Nuremberg defense the next. No, really.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
AV Club
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We live in disturbing times. Belko is an appropriately disreputable, gleefully disturbing movie.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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An efficient B-movie with a crazy high body count, The Belko Experiment is just about everything I wanted. The residents of the Belko office in Bogata, Columbia are informed by a disembodied voice that if they do not kill two people in the next 30 minutes, there will be further casualties. Everyone thinks it's a joke until four people's heads explode (the company placed "tracking devices" in them in case they were kidnapped). The office workers are now informed that if they don't kill 30 people in the next two hours then 60 will die. The typical breakdown in order and moral relativism follows, although perhaps a bit too quickly for our main antagonist to assume his role. The bigger surprises for me were what Belko was lacking. There isn't any real satire of office politics, corporate subcultures, or even capitalism and American culture. There is also only one office-specific kill, which is a real creative shame. I was expecting the Belko-ites to take their office supplies and turn them into post-apocalyptic-styled weapons. There is also much more implied gore and violence than you would expect; it's certainly a bloody film, but it seems oddly restrained. I was expecting some level of commentary to provide further substance, but it was merely a well-developed, kill-crazy B-movie. With that being said, The Belko Experiment held my attention early with its foreboding clues that something wasn't quite right, and it does a great job of visually identifying about twenty characters for us to follow through the stages of carnage. Writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) definitely relishes his return to his horror roots, like a refresher on how awful human beings can be to one another. He purposely subverts our expectations at several points, though sometimes he's hitting the same beat too often. Even the mostly satisfying ending provides as much of an explanation as you would require for a premise that has no serious rationalization. The Belko Experiment is like a Twilight Zone episode given extra length and extra violence. It does just enough with its attention-grabbing premise and familiar setting to justify a casual viewing if one has a certain taste for Battle Royale meets Office Space. Nate's Grade: B

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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The Belko Experiment relies on a plot that can easily confuse people that don't focus on movies often. It may have a lot of great awards for at least trying, but the watch meter cannot be any higher than 50%. Look for some other movies for your enjoyment.

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