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The Belko Experiment (2016)

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In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Director:

Greg McLean

Writer:

James Gunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gallagher Jr. ... Mike Milch
Tony Goldwyn ... Barry Norris
Adria Arjona ... Leandra Florez
John C. McGinley ... Wendell Dukes
Melonie Diaz ... Dany Wilkins
Owain Yeoman ... Terry Winter
Sean Gunn ... Marty Espenscheid
Brent Sexton ... Vince Agostino
Josh Brener ... Keith Mclure
David Dastmalchian ... Lonny Crane
David Del Rio ... Roberto Jerez
Gregg Henry ... The Voice
Michael Rooker ... Bud Melks
Rusty Schwimmer ... Peggy Displasia
Gail Bean ... Leota Hynek
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In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Colombia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Experimento Belko See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,137,230, 19 March 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,164,675, 19 May 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Goldwyn and John C. McGinley both played antagonistic figures alongside Patrick Swayze: Goldwyn in Ghost (1990) and McGinley in Point Break (1991). See more »

Goofs

Whenever the film cuts to the control panel's list of names, several are listed in "First name, Last name" format instead of the standard "Last name, First name" format used for all of the close-up shots. Additionally, some are misspelled, such as "Stve". See more »

Quotes

The Voice: In two minutes we want thirty of you dead. If thirty of you are not dead, we will end sixty of your lives ourselves. Five, four, three, two, one. Begin.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Belko Experiment (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Novocain, Please!
Written by Hiram Bronkelstein
Courtesy of Source in Sync
Under license from 5 Alarm Music
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A movie that's been done 100 times, but passes the time adequately.
12 September 2016 | by horrorinpureformSee all my reviews

Eighty American workers in Bogota get locked inside their office building and an announcement over the intercom gives them half an hour to kill any two of the employees. When they don't comply, the rules are amped up, and an American Battle Royale (down to the 'collars') ensues.

The Belko Experiment managed to accomplish the difficult feat of never being boring, not even for a minute. It takes almost no time getting going, and at any given moment it is either action packed, or taking a break from action and descending into dark humour. Both of these were well-executed, with one particularly memorable action piece (the end of round 2, so pretty), and a spattering of interesting side characters, a lot of them hilarious in either attitude or demeanor. With that, it managed to entertain throughout, making it worth seeing.

However, where it fails is originality. The Battle Royale formula has been done time and time again, and here we get the straightest form of it, with zero deviation from the norm and zero unique perspective. Where a movie like Circle tries to infuse some kind of basic examinations of social themes, here there is no higher level to the killings. And for this, the movie never once surprises with a thought or an event. The characters are just shells of people; the bad guys are caricatures of evil, the protagonists of good. There is never ambiguity of character, in a movie where so much moral ambiguity should be present due to the situation. So from minute one you know exactly who will be a villain and who will be a hero, and the end game is obvious from the start. It's a waiting game for the movie to arrive where you know it is going, which makes it very unsatisfying once the action is over.


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