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Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
Rarely do we see such an ensemble of up and comers really given the chance to act. The Stanford Prison Experiment is in my opinion an exercise in profound acting ability. It simply does not work without the performances of its cast, it truly is a testament to their talent that it plays out in an engrossing manner, compared to what could have been a ridiculous one. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez works wonders in his constricted set that manages to captivate and fascinate the viewer. The films aesthetic manages to encapsulate its secluded and underlying darkness in an almost haunting fashion.
Billy Crudup puts in a fantastic performance as a man who is willing to push his experiment to the end of the line whitout regarding the emotional well-being of his personal genie pigs. Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan play two of the stand out prisoners taking part in the experiment, with Miller giving an emotionally outlandish performance and Sheridan retaining his subtle brilliance (shown in previous films like Mud). Thomas Mann, Johnny Simmons and Nicholas Braunsll all contribute essential performances with each of their character being fully realized. The stand out however, is Michael Angarano who is absolutely phenomenal in his role of "Christopher Archer" an almost Fletcher (Whiplash) type character who is both repulsive and mesmerizing at the same time. I look forward to seeing his, along with all of the other actors work in the future.
Where this film stumbles is pacing, some scenes are drawn out too long and others cut to short with a better flow could have let this films message of the effect of power on the powerful and the powerless conclude in a more ominous way. Also the way in which certain lead characters reach there breaking points is not fully explored to the extent it could be, when these characters leave the experiment it only results in lowering fixation on the film.
Overall, I did find this film to be a real standout in showcasing the performances of its actors, its story could have been executed with a better flow but it is nevertheless gripping throughout. Its themes are extremely relevant today and the abuse of power is evident in our society. It is also able to explore this theme from the other side giving us an examination into the effect power has on the person who receives it. This is an achievement for all involved and it is the type film that could go so wrong but instead, with the help of a talented director, screenwriter and spellbinding actors, it goes so right. I am going to give the Stanford Prison Experiment an 8.8/10.
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