By the title we know that there is going to be some kind of experimentation going on, so that's a given and the audience expects as much. The first 20 minutes of the movie is not much more than giving the audience some background information. The man, Ben, served time, was on probation but soon off, had a decent job, and had a loving wife and daughter. His brother, Ricky, and just released from prison, makes a visit and tries to get Ben to come in on some job. Of course Ben says no since at this point in his life everything is good. But then Ben gets fired, because of his past, and now we're finally ready to go with our story. Ricky convinces Ben to do a job and does so by saying that if Ben does not help then Ricky's a dead man. Of course the worst happens, and Ben in convicted of the death of 3 people. Yes, the entire pace of the movie was slow, and the first 20 minutes were actually kind of boring, but there was anticipation as to exactly what was what as the movie moved along and throughout, until the last few minutes, the audience is kept guessing as to just what is what. I think this movie was meant to be slow, not because it was a thriller, but because life in general, especially if you are in a mental institution (either as a patient or as staff), is slow. Well, other than those times when patients run off. The acting was okay, considering, but IMO there were too many scenes where it was too dark to even see that there was something out there keeping an eye on Ben, and his flashbacks were too fast and with muddled dialogue to really know what was going on. What made me rate this movie so low was not the story, as I felt in general the concept was okay, nor the adequate acting, but the fact that a convicted killer is not only given a second chance, which is believable (they are called stays), but the way it was done and then the final scenes where Ben finally does leave the facility. As others have noted, one day your husband and father has been sentenced to die, and you are told he is dead and you bury him, and a year later he just shows back up? Wouldn't you want to know why? The audience is left wondering, Will he get a job? How do you explain the appearance of someone put to death all at once back in the world? How to explain what happened to others? I know in a lot of movies we are to leave plausibility at home, but I think the makers of this movie could have given us something a tad different that would have been believable, or at least left us hanging and wondering. It was just a bad ending to what could have been a fairly decent movie.
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