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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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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 Gregg Henry worked together on ABC's Scandal (2012). See more »

Goofs

The building supposedly became a giant defacto Faraday cage, but they are able to pick up a local radio station from inside the building. But nothing supports that the metal around the building is also acting as a Faraday cage. In many outside shots the of building you can see a tower on the roof with 3 Sector antennas positioned around it, this is likely a cell tower and due to the remote location likely the only one providing service to the area. With the level of expertise shown by the perpetrators it would be simple to disable this tower during the lockdown. It is also easily more probable a cell jammer or jammers could have been activated in or near the building. 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

Featured in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2018) See more »

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Rusalka: Song To The Moon
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Yvonne Kenny
Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Far From Original but Definitely Worthy of a Watch
17 March 2017 | by trublu215See all my reviews

The Belko Experiment pits an entire office building against one another during, what seems to be, a government experiment that puts 75+ people in an office building and an announcer tells them to kill one another or hardcore ramifications will follow for not obeying the order. When you break it down, this is a film that just sounds stupid in the best way possible. It is fun, violent, gory and, at times, thoroughly enjoyable as a passable thriller. Anyone looking for the gold that James Gunn struck with Guardians of the Galaxy or even Slither will walk away disappointed. Those of you who enjoyed the director's work on Wolf Creek will probably be happy with this.

For me, it's hard to give thoughts on a film like this because it is so obvious that the filmmakers didn't give a damn about impressing anyone. For that, I've got to give kudos to Gunn and McLean. They know their audience. This is far from a movie that will turn you into a fan of horror or thriller. This is the type of film that you just sit back, turn your brain off, and try to be entertained. There is not artistic value in this film. This is a balls to the wall thriller that works for anybody looking to waste 90 minutes or so. With that being said, there are still some frustrating moments in the film.

The film plays out very black and white. We know who is who and where they stand in the experiment. So right away, we know who to care about and who not to. This was something that I didn't really care for with this film. I wanted to be surprised, I wanted to be wondering who was going to make what decision. Instead, it all ends up being very predictable. While what i just mentioned is extremely vague, it is hard to really go off about the film without giving major spoilers but those of you who have seen any of the Red Band trailers probably know what I'm talking about.

Overall, The Belko Experiment is a gory thriller that is almost a lot of fun. It has every ingredient there for a tight, great little thriller. Unfortunately, director Greg McLean repeats what he did on Wolf Creek and let's us stew in gore instead of deep and layered characters. For a film like this, that is what anybody could expect. Personally, I would have liked to have seen something a little different than what was expected. Either way, this movie is a lot of fun and a good way to waste some time. Other than that, The Belko Experiment comes up a little short.


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