117 user 54 critic

The Experiment (2010)

2:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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)


(screenplay) (as Paul T. Scheuring), (novel) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Travis
... Barris
... Chase
... Nix
... Benjy
... Archaleta
... Helweg
... Bosch (as Lavell 'David Banner' Crump)
... Oscar
... Govenor
... Bay
Rod Maiorano ... Rex
... Female Administrator
Jeanne Hopson ... Gertrude
Jack Mishler ... Henry (as Jack W. Mishler)


26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Everyone has a breaking point See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Eksperiment  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$21,800,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This movie is a remake of a movie based on a book that was inspired by the real-life Stanford prison experiment. The experiment at Stanford ended early as both the guards and prisoners took their respective roles too seriously. The experiment will never be redone because, although it was deemed ethical at the time under the later-amended rules of the American Psychiatric Association, any research done must not physically or mentally harm the participants. 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.
See more »


Version of The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) See more »


Illusions of Love
Written and Performed by Stephen Edward Moos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

A very disappointing film all around
2 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen Das Experiment, but I'd read up on the Stanford Prison Experiment and was very intrigued as to how that premise could be transfered to the screen. This film, unfortunately, is surprisingly badly executed. The first few minutes aren't all that bad, and Scheuring presents an interesting basis amidst all the cheesiness: exploring the darker side of human nature and just how high up the evolutionary chain we are. The idea is to pit some people into a barely controlled prison simulation where one group takes the role of guards and the other one plays the prisoners. In the actual experiment, the first day was more or less uneventful and then the situation spiraled out of control. The guards, either personifying their roles stereotypically or for some other reason, started to abuse their power, and the experiment had to be cancelled prematurely. However, what this film does is turn what was potentially a great storyline into a clash between the overwhelmed prisoners and the inherently, almost cartoonishly cruel guards.

The whole purpose of the film is lost when the "guards" are written out as intrinsically violent and mostly flat-out insane. The characters are unrealistic and, perhaps in an attempt to simplify the plot, mind- numbingly clichéd. In fact, the amount of sane people involved in this "experiment" is five at most... out of twenty-six. The film goes downhill from the moment the filmmakers decide to try to amp up the suspense, and the ending is almost incredibly stupid. The film doesn't even achieve the "so-bad-it's-entertaining" status because, despite the fact that it tries to put forth a serious issue, it is so overly simplified that it ends up insulting the viewer's intelligence. The only reason this has a three instead of a one is because the cinematography is good and both Brody and Whitaker do the best they can with their crappy characters in this god-awful screenplay; unfortunately, it's not nearly enough to save it.

20 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 117 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial