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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.

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... Mike Milch
... Barry Norris
... Leandra Florez
... Wendell Dukes
... Dany Wilkins
... Terry Winter
... Marty Espenscheid
... Vince Agostino
... Keith Mclure
... Lonny Crane
... Roberto Jerez
... The Voice
... Bud Melks
... Peggy Displasia
... 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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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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17 March 2017 (USA)  »

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O Experimento Belko  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$10,164,675, 19 May 2017
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James Gunn was originally set to direct this film from his screenplay. However, when it was time to begin, Gunn withdrew, deciding he didn't want to spend several months working on such a violent film. He was also going through a divorce at the time. and withdrew from the project. He later said that he was surprised the movie was moving forward with Greg McLean as the new director. He was happy that he hadn't been asked again to direct, and he looked forward to seeing how McLean brought his script to the big screen. See more »

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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 »

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Barry Norris: Hey, listen up, everybody, whoever's doing this, they're having a little fun at our expense.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2018) See more »

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California Dreamin'
Written by Michelle Phillips & John Phillips
Performed by Gabriela Teran (as Gabriela Terán), Leyla Hoyle, Francis Benitez & Marco Godoy
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An Interesting Idea Executed In An Uninteresting Fashion
12 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Stuffed with characters you just don't give a damn about, and smearing the office floor with blood & corpses that keep on piling as plot progresses, The Belko Experiment teases with an interesting idea but it's executed in such an uninteresting fashion that it finishes as yet another forgettable example of its kind.

The Belko Experiment unfolds in a remote office building where all its employees find themselves trapped in the edifice once day and are forced to participate in a sadistic game of "kill or be killed" by an unknown voice on the company's intercom, eventually realising it to be a social experiment they never signed up for.

Written by James Gunn & directed by Greg McLean, the film sets its premise quickly, introducing its relevant characters in a hurried manner, and once bodies begin to go down, it never stops until the very end. The concept, although unoriginal, isn't entirely terrible but its translation on the film canvas is, for nothing about it stands out.

Characters are mere caricatures, a romantic subplot is unnecessarily added, dialogues are terrible, and although it doesn't hold back on violence & gore, it doesn't leave much of an impression in the end, for neither the plot nor the characters are compelling. Performances aren't any good either as the cast has nothing in script to build their work upon.

On an overall scale, The Belko Experiment is an incompetently directed, shoddily written & poorly performed horror, and is never for once intriguing. It is one of those movies that are forgotten the moment they end, and sitting through it isn't a breeze either. Dull, uninspiring & laughable, it is a failed experiment that brings nothing new to the table but may still fascinate those who don't mind the lack of a sturdy plot as long as they get their required dose of on-screen barbarity.


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