The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

Greg McLean (2017)

84min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The gruesome twosome of director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and writer James Gunn (Slither) pool their ghoulish talents here for a gory survival-of-the-vilest yarn very much in the bloody vein of Battle Royale. This short, sharp shocker sees 80 employees in a corporate high-rise in Bogota abruptly plunged into panic when they are sealed inside and ordered by a mysterious voice to cull their colleagues... or else. It's not overly original, but McLean doesn't dwell on office chit-chat for long as the initially amiable worker bees are soon at each other's throats (who knew sellotape dispensers could be so deadly?). John Gallagher Jr and Adria Arjona's young lovers take the moral high ground but end up hunted by a murderous mini-mob led by consummate screen bad guys Tony Goldwyn and John C McGinley, who embrace their dark side with terrifying gusto. Meanwhile Gunn's brother Sean offers levity among the carnage as a stoner convinced it's all just trip-induced paranoia. The cutting-edge satire soon dwindles but there's enough lethal action for those who like their fear flicks claustrophobic and fraught with dastardly dilemmas.

Summary

Premiere. Office employees in Colombia are ordered by an unknown voice to take part in a deadly game. Thriller, starring John Gallagher Jr, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker and Abraham Benrubi.

Cast & Crew

Mike Milch John Gallagher Jr
Barry Norris Tony Goldwyn
Leandra Florez Adria Arjona
Wendell Dukes John C McGinley
Bud Melks Michael Rooker
Terry Winter Owain Yeoman
Marty Espenscheid Sean Gunn
Dany Wilkins Melonie Diaz
Lonny Crane David Dastmalchian
The Voice Gregg Henry
Vince Agostino Brent Sexton
Keith Mclure Josh Brener
Peggy Displasia Rusty Schwimmer
Chet Valincourt Abraham Benrubi
Director Greg McLean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Apr 2017
Drama