Monday, April 10, 2017

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

A side note before I even get started--I was delighted to see the old Orion Pictures intro before the movie. I'll be honest in saying I had no idea Orion was even back in business!

Eighty workers are trapped in an office building, where they hear the voice of an unknown person telling them the only way to be let out of the building is to follow his instruction to kill their co-workers. If they do not follow the instructions, the unseen enemy will begin killing the employees off. This movie borrows largely from the legendary Japanese film Battle Royale, but if you're going to lift your idea from a movie, you could do a lot worse than that one. There are a ton of familiar faces in this film, including Tony Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush), Tony Goldwyn (Friday the 13th Part VI, Ghost), John C. McGinley (Se7en, Scrubs), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man, The Dark Knight), Abraham Benrubi (Without A Paddle, Parker Lewis Can't Lose), and, of course, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Tombstone). The death scenes start early, and the violence is relentless all the way to the bloody end.

So, so bloody

Everybody knows this will come down to just one survivor, so a lot of the fun in watching this movie is guessing who will survive (I got it wrong). If you work in an office, you may begin to wonder how you would kill in your office if this were to happen to you...and in what order...and by what means...and if you would delight in it...ahem...moving on...The main drawback for me is the lack of originality in the death scenes. While the way the unseen enemy kills the workers is cool, there are not enough scenes like the one pictured above--most of the killings are with guns. Naturally, some of the decisions the people make are highly questionable as well. Still, that's not nearly enough to take away from this movie. The Belko Experiment is a gory, at times darkly funny, thrill ride all the way to the end. 

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8


The Belko Experiment Movie Trailer

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