The Belko Experiment (2017)
Imagine, if you will, that your work shut its doors and locked you in with your co-workers and a mysterious voice tells everyone that if half of you are not dead in 2 hours, all of you will die… that is the Belko Experiment.
The premise of The Belko Experiment seems interesting on paper, and yes this is indeed an experiment, however, when you break it down, this is not real. It is not an experiment. It is a fictional movie script written by one person. Had this movie been real, and it was a documentary about what truly happened, then the data and outcome would have been that more interesting, but of course you can’t do that. So in theory this movie isn’t really an experiment but 1 persons interpretation of what could happen. Sure, they try to keep the movie as real as possible, but when you go to a movie to see a horror film, sometimes we want entertainment and not realism. What I mean by realism is that these murders are mainly done with guns and knives. This isn’t the Hunger Games so the kills are rather boring in terms of crazy and for that this movie leaves an impression that has horror fans saying “that’s it?”.
Other than the obvious nature that this movie is an experiment but really a fictional story, this movie has a really bad ending. I’m not going to spoil much but I will say that of the people who live, one of them should have been killed immediately towards the beginning. This person represents one side of the argument and anyone who took the other side should have shot him right away, but he doesn’t die. That is the first mistake when trying to make a movie realistic. The 2nd problem I have with the ending is how the events play out. It is simply unbelievable what happens and I don’t think for a second that things would play out the way they do. It is one of those “yeah whatever” moments and it seemed rather dumb. However, it is the big reveal that made me shake my head and not because of the twist, but because it is an obvious copy of another horror movie I’ve seen before. Granted, the movie it copies wasn’t very popular (House of Nine) but it is the same concept. In House of Nine, 9 people are trapped in a house and the last person alive gets a bag full of money, but the big twist in that movie is the same twist as in The Belko experiment. Some people might not notice it, but I did and it bugged me.
The positives from this movie is the high amount of violence and tension this movie creates. It does its job decently and will keep most horror fans interested, but once it is over, you will feel cheated as it leaves you feeling empty. I wanted more and something that would set this movie apart, but it fails to do so. I think anyone who sees it won’t regret the time spent, but after 6 months, I don’t know who is still going to be talking about this story. It was alright. Starring John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwin, John C. McGinley, Adria Arjona, Melonie Diaz, Owain Yeoman, Sean Gunn, Brent Sexton, John Brener, David Dastmalchian, Michael Rooker, Rusty Schwimmer, and Gregg Henry.
5/10 Stars – I didn’t regret seeing this “realistic” fiction experiment, but when it was over, I said “that’s it?”