The Belko Experiment

March 28th, 2017


The Belko Experiment

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Greg McLean

Stars: Adria Arjona, Abraham Benrubi, Michael Rooker

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.

Adria Arjona - Leandra Flores
Abraham Benrubi - Chet Valincourt
Michael Rooker - Bud Melks
Tony Goldwyn - Barry Norris
John Gallagher Jr. - Mike Milch
John C. McGinley - Wendell Dukes
Mikaela Hoover - Raziya Memarian
Sean Gunn - Marty Espenscheid
David Dastmalchian - Alonso 'Lonny' Crane
Josh Brener - Keith McLure
Owain Yeoman - Terry Winters
Brent Sexton - Vince Agostino
Melonie Diaz - Dany Wilkins
Rusty Schwimmer - Peggy Displasia
David Del Rio - Roberto Jerez


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Bogota, Colombia

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Did You Know?

The plot of this film draws heavy resemblance with Japanese movie Battle Royale (2000). This is even more emphasized by the trailers which feature Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" - which was also used in the Japanese film. See more »

User Review


Rating: 6/10

Eighty American workers in Bogota get locked inside their office building and an announcement over the intercom gives them half an hour to kill any two of the employees. When they don't comply, the rules are amped up, and an American Battle Royale (down to the 'collars') ensues.

The Belko Experiment managed to accomplish the difficult feat of never being boring, not even for a minute. It takes almost no time getting going, and at any given moment it is either action packed, or taking a break from action and descending into dark humour. Both of these were well-executed, with one particularly memorable action piece (the end of round 2, so pretty), and a spattering of interesting side characters, a lot of them hilarious in either attitude or demeanor. With that, it managed to entertain throughout, making it worth seeing.

However, where it fails is originality. The Battle Royale formula has been done time and time again, and here we get the straightest form of it, with zero deviation from the norm and zero unique perspective. Where a movie like Circle tries to infuse some kind of basic examinations of social themes, here there is no higher level to the killings. And for this, the movie never once surprises with a thought or an event. The characters are just shells of people; the bad guys are caricatures of evil, the protagonists of good. There is never ambiguity of character, in a movie where so much moral ambiguity should be present due to the situation. So from minute one you know exactly who will be a villain and who will be a hero, and the end game is obvious from the start. It's a waiting game for the movie to arrive where you know it is going, which makes it very unsatisfying once the action is over.


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