The Belko Experiment Synopsis: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, 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.
Tagline: Office Space meets Battle Royale
Release Date: 2017-3-17 | Runtime: 1 hr 28 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
The Belko Experiment Review
The Belko Experiment was an interesting film to watch. I found myself thinking a lot more than I normally do during a horror film. There were lots of things that were “said” by the characters and their actions. I’m curious as to how much of this was actually deliberate – specifically, the races of the actors in the lead roles. The statement you could read into who survives – and how they survive – at the end.
This was a good film, but it wasn’t a great one by any means. I had fun watching some of it, especially when people’s heads were blowing up like crazy. I cheered for some of the characters. I half-shouted at the sheer audacity of the bald-face lying happening. (Yes, I was being a bit noisy. My boyfriend and I were the only ones in the whole theater. Yep – the only ones watching it on a Friday in a big city.) But there were moments where they tried to interject humor (mostly with the stoner) and just failed completely.
The acting was okay. No one really stood out. John Gallagher Jr. did a decent job as the brave ‘rational’ guy in the lot. John C McGinley had the crazy white guy look and actions down pat. James Earl felt fairly typical but was one of those that I couldn’t help but root for. The dialogue was fine – more absurd at times than it needed to be. The pacing was good. The action started very early into the movie and kept up.
Unfortunately, it’s really hard to talk about this movie without providing major spoilers.
I will say there was an abundance of cliches in The Belko Experiment. The lady who tries to use sex to survive. The ex-Special Forces guy. The stoner. The pacifist. The token black dude (who survived longer than I expected). The Hispanic, overweight kitchen worker. It just goes on. All the females who really have any screen time are gorgeous and non-white. The one white lady who gets a few lines is ugly, snarly, and makes you wanna slap her.
Then there are the other things in The Belko Experiment. The guy who looks like he might have some sort of developmental disability must do one of the kills, and then freak out because he didn’t mean to. And like the death of the one who manages to avoid pretty much everyone for most of the film. You just knew that one was coming. The operatic music during a mass death scene. There’s a veritable laundry list.
However, again, this was a good film. It had its issues, but it kept me entertained for the whole time I was watching it. If it wasn’t for the sheer amounts of splatter/gore I’d have issues calling it a horror, though. It’s thought-provoking, entertaining, but pretty forgettable in the long run. I’d say wait until it hits Redbox.