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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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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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Belko Deneyi  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,137,230 (USA) (19 March 2017)

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$10,164,675 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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While the majority of the film's characters are named and accurately listed on the control panel, score programmer Joanne Higginbottom's name appears as well. See more »

Goofs

When Dany and Roberto are trapped above the moving elevator, it shows Barry going to the top floor. While this is convenient for the scene, it doesn't make sense for Barry to be heading to an empty floor immediately following orders to kill as many people as possible. Furthermore, in the very next scene he is suddenly on the first floor. See more »

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Leandra Florez: At the end of the day, people are out for themselves.
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Bury Me Here (2017) See more »

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Novocain, Please!
Written by Hiram Bronkelstein
Courtesy of Source in Sync
Under license from 5 Alarm Music
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Far From Original but Definitely Worthy of a Watch
17 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Belko Experiment pits an entire office building against one another during, what seems to be, a government experiment that puts 75+ people in an office building and an announcer tells them to kill one another or hardcore ramifications will follow for not obeying the order. When you break it down, this is a film that just sounds stupid in the best way possible. It is fun, violent, gory and, at times, thoroughly enjoyable as a passable thriller. Anyone looking for the gold that James Gunn struck with Guardians of the Galaxy or even Slither will walk away disappointed. Those of you who enjoyed the director's work on Wolf Creek will probably be happy with this.

For me, it's hard to give thoughts on a film like this because it is so obvious that the filmmakers didn't give a damn about impressing anyone. For that, I've got to give kudos to Gunn and McLean. They know their audience. This is far from a movie that will turn you into a fan of horror or thriller. This is the type of film that you just sit back, turn your brain off, and try to be entertained. There is not artistic value in this film. This is a balls to the wall thriller that works for anybody looking to waste 90 minutes or so. With that being said, there are still some frustrating moments in the film.

The film plays out very black and white. We know who is who and where they stand in the experiment. So right away, we know who to care about and who not to. This was something that I didn't really care for with this film. I wanted to be surprised, I wanted to be wondering who was going to make what decision. Instead, it all ends up being very predictable. While what i just mentioned is extremely vague, it is hard to really go off about the film without giving major spoilers but those of you who have seen any of the Red Band trailers probably know what I'm talking about.

Overall, The Belko Experiment is a gory thriller that is almost a lot of fun. It has every ingredient there for a tight, great little thriller. Unfortunately, director Greg McLean repeats what he did on Wolf Creek and let's us stew in gore instead of deep and layered characters. For a film like this, that is what anybody could expect. Personally, I would have liked to have seen something a little different than what was expected. Either way, this movie is a lot of fun and a good way to waste some time. Other than that, The Belko Experiment comes up a little short.


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