The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

 

The Belko Experiment.

2017

Directed by Greg McLean

 

The Belko Experiment is a social studies experiment that we have seen previously in films such as The Purge, Battle Royale, and The Hunger Games.

The story involves dozens of employees at a Bogota based America company who are forced into a sadistic social experiment by having to kill off one another for no plausible reason. Everything is senseless.  There is no real rhyme nor reason to it.  Even the characters themselves are all immensely forgettable.

The film offers some overall satisfying framework and steady pacing along with some inventive kills though overall the story itself proves to be very straight forward.

At times, The Belko Experiment plays out to be more oddly hilarious than frightening and the script itself is shallow, never fully committing to any of the intriguing social ideas it puts forth, refusing to elaborate on a premise that is begging for exposition. Ultimately,  everything devolves into yet another senseless bloodbath, however the final act does offer some positive moments sprinkled among the violence.  

The Belko Experiment is a movie we have seen many times in a different setting that boils down to a corporate "And Then There Were None," ultimately becoming a gag more then a reasonable exploration of survival and white collar greed.  It makes me wonder how films like The Purge receive such high praise. Violence is a terrible thing yet it always seem to be an easily accessible tool to overshadow good-natured reason and that is The Belko Experiment's final dissent.  

☆☆

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