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The Experiment (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 August 2010 (South Korea)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.


(as Paul T. Scheuring)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bosch (as Lavell 'David Banner' Crump)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

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Everyone has a breaking point See more »


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Rated R for strong disturbing violence including a rape, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Eksperiment  »

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$21,800,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Originally made for theaters, but went straight to DVD in the US and most other territories. See more »


After the toilet scene is over, the guards leave the stall but the door, which is clearly visible, is never opened. See more »


[first lines]
Travis: [playing shuffleboard] You suck, don't you?
Gertrude: You suck.
Travis: Yeah, I suck so bad I just skunked you. Which means, you gotta eat your pills.
Gertrude: You're supposed to be nice to me.
Travis: I am nice to you. It's not my fault you got no game.
Gertrude: You suck, Travis.
Travis: I know.
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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The Experiment is flawed, or is it?

What a film. At first the development of the characters is well worded and driven, which leads seamlessly into a frenzy of moral adjustments later on in the film, when the plot has thickened so much so that the edge of the seat is perhaps the only place to be for the next hours viewing.

This is very much an actor's film, gritty stuff that can only be carried by the brilliant acting that is in "The Experiment" both lead roles are almost Oscar worthy. The supporting cast manage to pull their weight too.

The whole story and concept of this film is brilliant, very very dark, but very very brilliant. You are often kept guessing as to what happens next and it is very unpredictable, very hard to call how this film is going to pan out. Many times it's a thriller, with hardly any comedy, if any, but this film did not need comedy.

The dark and derelict feeling this film gives you is riveting, and there is many a moral lesson to be learned here, the main character really does carry himself well through his trials and tribulations and you are often in awe in how well he handles the situations he finds himself in.

This film will leave you better off after having watched it, sure it's uncompromising but you will be pondering the significance of it for many days after.

The ending of this film, although probably the correct way to do it, still left a feeling that you had been short-changed somehow, the makers could perhaps have given you an extra 5 minutes viewing to wrap things up, but when all is said and done, "The Experiment" comes highly recommended.

Out of 10 for the following facets: Acting: 9 Grittyness: 9 Charm of characters: 8 Moral reflections: 9 Overall: 8.5. More at toot bit.com

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