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The Belko Experiment (2016)

The Belko Experiment (2016)

In a twisted social experiment, 80 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.

This was like Battle Royale, but without a motive. Well it has a motive, but... the motive doesn't feel very motivated. When all's said and done and the movie has played its course it feels like there should've been more. There's conclusion, but there's no explanation, like this might be the first in a series. I'd be intrigued to see more if there was, but at the same time I don't feel a movie should end so vaguely.

I mean: vague endings are alright, but if they show a bit of the picture (as they do here), and keep revealing more as they go along, then they may as well go all the way with the ending. They leave us hanging.

It was a good movie though. Uncomfortable. Well-filmed. With characters that feel authentic - like they could've been taken straight out of an office. The uncertainty is also a major factor, and you never know who's going to go, or flip out and do something unexpected

The main character has a significant level of luck right from the start though, and seems like a prime candidate for survival even if he lacks any particular strengths... apart from maybe an unbreakable moral code. He's the main character, after all, and the protagonist, and since there's one of those they also make it clear early on who the other one is, though there are plenty of blank slates surrounding them.

It's violent, and graphic, but well-done. I didn't really live into the panic, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. Splatter, thriller - it's a bit like a milder version of SAW, with less sadism and more sense. The location is an unsettlingly realistic one too: an anonymous government complex in an isolated foreign location. If I didn't before: I think I'll avoid any such job opportunities I might be offered from now on.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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