Crackerjack horror/thriller is highly derivative, but highly entertaining for fans of these sorts of films. A group of Americans office workers find themselves unexpectedly locked inside a high-rise office building and ordered by a mysterious voice over the intercom that they need to murder two of their co-workers within two hours or there will be "consequences." Everyone thinks it's some kind of prank until four of their co-workers' heads explode (everyone has been implanted with a tracker/explosive device). That's when the mysterious voice comes on again to announce "By 2:47 pm, in two hours, we want 30 of you dead through whatever means necessary. If 30 of you are not dead, we will end 60 of your lives through our own methods." That's when this office space turns into Lord of the Flies. Such a set up could easily have become a predictable routine slog of violence, but "The Belko Experiment" was directed by Greg McLean, who memorably directed the highly effective Australian horror film "Wolf Creek" (and to a lesser degree the fun giant alligator film "Rogue"). McClean does an excellent job of building suspense leading up to the explosive episodes of violence. The film was written by James Gunn, who wrote the the surprisingly good "Dawn of the Dead" remake along with writing and directing the underrated "Slither" and the very popular and somewhat subversive "Guardians of the Galaxy" films. Gunn also wrote the underrated comedy "The Specials," which is the film that "The Mystery Men" should have been. What I'm trying to say about Gunn is that he's someone who has solid horror and genre chops, but he's also someone who brings a fair amount of subversive and dark humor to his films, which elevates "The Belko Experiment" from being a simple ripoff of "Battle Royale" to being a dark satire on office politics. And on a straight horror level, I need to give McClean and Gunn credit for some of the deaths coming as genuine surprises, which is not something you get see often in most horror films. However, the situations and the characters are highly derivative and something you've seen many times before. People argue about what to do. Everyone realizes there's no escape. Co-workers find themselves breaking off into factions. Character-wise, there's the jerk boss (an excellent Tony Goldwyn), the nice pretty girl (Adria Arjona), the boss' toadie (the great John C. McGinley), the creepy janitor (Michael Rooker), the comic relief stoner (Sean Gunn), and there's, of course, the relatable normal-guy hero (John Gallagher Jr.). These character stereotypes are elevated by a stronger cast than you'd expect from low-budget thriller, but seeing that "The Belko Experiement" is from Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Insidious, The Purge, Split, Upgrade), and is best horror film production company since Hammer, you should expect a quality film and that's exactly what you get. Although "The Belko Experiment" is not for all tastes, if you're into these sorts of extreme horror/thrillers, it's is a must see!
The thinly veiled premise of this movie is how do people behave towards each other when it is a fight to survive. Does humanity or beastiality prevail. However, the reality is the idea is just an excuse for the depiction of people committing extreme violence.
John Gallagher, Jr. ('The Newsroom', "10 Cloverfield Lane") stars in this attempted satire / bloodbath, referred to in one quote as "Office Space" meets "Battle Royale". He plays Mike Milch, just one of 80 employees working in an American corporate office in Bogota, Colombia. (Just what it it that this company actually does, nobody knows.) One day, the regular security detail is gone, and a disembodied voice (Gregg Henry) informs the people in this heavily isolated building that they have now been placed in a genuine do or die situation. The building is sealed off, and now these office drones are ordered to either start killing each other, or get the "tag" implanted in each persons' head to be detonated.This is nothing we haven't seen before, to be honest. Written and co-produced by James Gunn ("Slither", "Guardians of the Galaxy"), who was originally set to direct, it's yet another examination of human behaviour. More to the point, it's the portrayal of human beings under extreme stress. Who has what it takes to survive? Who's willing to murder other people non-stop in order to ensure their own survival? As Gunns' story plays out, some people naturally consider their lives more important, and panic is pretty much the order of the day. Mike is one of the few individuals who tries to keep a level head.Directed by Greg McLean of "Wolf Creek" and "Rogue" fame, "The Belko Experiment" may be patently unpleasant and ridiculous, but it's never, ever boring. One problem is that with so few characters for whom one can actually root, the viewer is likely to end up wanting to see EVERYBODY meet a glorious, hideous demise. But who, knows, that may have been the point. The movie is certainly good for some non-think, over the top, visceral mayhem with tons of digital splatter. It wastes little time, beginning the story proper with just a bare few introductions to characters.Say what you will about the characters involved: this viewer had to develop a grudging respect for the head honcho played by Tony Goldwyn ("Ghost"), who adopts an utterly ruthless attitude and racks up an impressive kill count.Other familiar faces include the always reliable John C. McGinley ('Stan Against Evil') and Michael Rooker (the latter a Gunn regular, as is Henry), as well as Rusty Schwimmer ("Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday") and Abraham Benrubi ('E.R.').Punctuated by some amusing black humour, "The Belko Experiment" managed to keep this viewer interested despite the familiar scenario.Six out of 10.
This movie definitely is an engaging one which will keep you engage in its plot from the start But it will failed to give you what you will expect in the end. Just as flat as a worst predictable ending can be. surely , you will not get bore and as it's runtime is just one and a half hour so you will have a good time pass atleast in the first half. you can give it a try.