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The Steam Experiment (2009)

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A deranged scientist locks 6 people in a steam room and threatens to turn up the heat if the local paper doesn't publish his story about global warming.

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Philippe Martinez

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Robert Malkani
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Credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... Jimmy
Armand Assante ... Detective Mancini
Eric Roberts ... Grant
Megan Brown ... Catherine
Patrick Muldoon ... Christopher
Cordelia Reynolds ... Margaret
Eve Mauro ... Jessie
Quinn Duffy ... Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Alchin Doug Alchin ... Lt. Clark
Mark Bonto Mark Bonto ... Newspaper Comedy Writer
Eileen Briesch Eileen Briesch ... Press Staff 1
James Cantrell James Cantrell ... Orderly
Carrie Drazek ... Nurse in Hospital
Julianne Howe-Bouwens Julianne Howe-Bouwens ... Officer Briggs
Mike Karpus Mike Karpus ... Press Staff 3
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A former professor concocts a brutal experiment in order to get the word out on the effects of global warming. By trapping six people in an urban Turkish bathhouse, he vows to overheat his hostages unless his global-warming hypothesis is published on the front page of his local paper. Written by Anonymous

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When he turns up the heat ... they will turn on each other. See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chaos Experiment See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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[first lines]
Grant: This is a *nice* hotel.
Jimmy: Yep. Built in the 1900s by a railroad tycoon for his wife. She was a socialite. Had a lot of friends, liked to entertain.
Grant: Is that a fact.
Jimmy: Yep. Then she died after World War II and was closed for many years. Then a corporation bought it, and now it's being turned into luxury condos.
Grant: Luxury condos... So that's why it's empty, huh?
Jimmy: Yep. Well I'll tell you the truth, Grant, we are the last guests. I bribed the management. They're going to start renovation on ...
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Great cast and performances can't save it.
11 August 2012 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Val Kilmer plays Jimmy who one day walks into a newspaper office and demands that the editor publish the most important story ever. The editor calls the police instead. Now we find out what this story is. Jimmy is convinced that the world will end in 2012 because of global warming. To prove what will happen to humanity in that event he has created an experiment that seeks to replicate the effects. He has lured 6 people via a dating service into a steam room and will leave them there to die, unless his story is published.

We meet the 6 people that include Eric Roberts, a guy from Brooklyn, a male nurse, a neurotic girl, a waitress and some other girl. At first they get to know each other thinking indeed that this is some date. But they realize that the door is locked and they can't get out while it gets hotter and hotter in the room.

Meanwhile, the cop is convinced that Jimmy is crazy, but he's also convinced that the story of the 6 people locked in the room is true. He goes searching for the room and finally interrogates Jimmy who isn't very cooperative until the cop is taken off the case.

The people in the meantime are going crazy and start killing each other and themselves. We find out that Jimmy actually was a renowned scientist who lost his mind. At the end there is a twist.

The Chaos/Steam Experiment is low budget but looks good and has a tremendous cast (Kilmer, Roberts, Assante, the lovely Mauro). What is missing is more story. Clearly they didn't have enough of it for a 90 minute movie. So we get a lot of repeating scenes and scenes in slow motion. The genre of people confined in a room is also done better elsewhere. Here fortunately, the bickering and yelling is fairly short and death comes quickly. You want to like this movie because of the performances and cast but the meager script, direction and production don't make it easy. The twist at the end is neat but comes late, once you've pretty much given up on things.


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