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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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Storyline

Mike Milch, an employee of Belko Industries, while driving to work is stopped by street vendors selling "lucky" handmade dolls. Barry Norris, also of Belko Industries, arrives at the remote office building in rural Bogotá, Colombia, to find unfamiliar security guards turning away the local Colombian staff at the gate. New employee Dany Wilkins reports for her first day on the job and is told that a tracking device is implanted in the base of every Belko employee's skull in case they are kidnapped. This is explained as being common in Colombia due to the high incidences of kidnapping.

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Casualty Friday See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Belko Experiment 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

While the majority of the film's characters are named and accurately listed on the control panel, score programmer Joanne Higginbottom's name appears as well. 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

Barry Norris: Hey, listen up, everybody, whoever's doing this, they're having a little fun at our expense.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Yo Vivire (I Will Survive)
Written by Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren)
Translation by Oscar Gomez
Performed by Jose Prieto
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The Belko Experiment: A bit of a let down
7 February 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I'd been looking forward to The Belko Experiment since the moment I saw the trailer, it looked like it was going to tap into a sub-genre I love and the addition of the always excellent John C. McGinley really appealed.

The time came around to watch it and as the credits rolled I was left more than a little disappointed. But why?

It tells the story of an office block that goes on a lockdown, a mysterious booming voice barks orders at them that they must kill each other off in a sick social experiment. As you can imagine people react differently, and a blood bath ensues.

Also starring career villain Tony "Ghost" Goldwyn, Josh Brener, Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry this James "Guardians of the Galaxy" Gunn written movie is a bloody battle royale type but just doesn't seem to accomplish in its goals.

It has little character development, the lack of flow becomes very noticeable around the halfway mark and at no point did I find myself really able to care about these peoples plight.

I went into The Belko Experiment with high expectations, maybe that damaged the film for me? Regardless it's a watchable effort but certainly feels like a missed opportunity at something greater. For some reason I was left feeling that the film would have made for a better black comedy, but I'll guess we'll never know.

The Good:

Great concept

Strong social commentary

Quite a good finale

The Bad:

Doesn't flow all to well

Simply doesn't meet its potential


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