By: Maddie Turner
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After a classmate brought up The Belko Experiment in one of their blog posts, I decided that it was worth seeing. The basic plot involves an office building in Columbia that is taken over by an unknown group. (This is in the trailer so hopefully not too big of a spoiler)…They are instructed over the intercom to kill two and then thirty of their coworkers or else the majority of them will be killed. It was a very good concept for a movie in my opinion and brought many intense scenes and intriguing characters. In the end though it was really just a film that you see once and forget about. Being considered a horror movie, they never truly capitalized on any actually scary horror elements, besides the story line of what was happening. To me, it was more of a thriller. The characters were pushed beyond their boundaries and had to decide who’s lives mattered more. There have been widely mixed reviews of the film and it did not fair too well in theaters–with a budget of $5 million and only just over $7 million grossed.
Many have complained of the cliches and overly dramatic scenes while others, like this article by Hypable, that discusses how this film is not just a cheap knock off of The Hunger Games, but rather better than it in some ways. It is interesting to look at how the film differs from Battle Royale and The Hunger Games; it is an unsuspected fight to the death, rather than a planned one which makes it far more psychological. We see who people truly are–those that enjoy killing and those that refuse to kill to survive. The gore, as Mathew says, enhances the film. It is a bit over the top at times, but it really does make you think about the true cruelty of their situation and what you would do if that were you.
Overall I enjoyed the film and think it is worth taking a low-key night to see. You will hopefully enjoy it while you watch, but not leave with any real change or impact from the film, just like many other horror films.