The Experiment

August 12th, 2010


The Experiment

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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.3/10 (15,375 voted)

Director: Paul Scheuring

Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker

26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Writers: Paul Scheuring, Mario Giordano

Adrien Brody - Travis
Forest Whitaker - Barris
Cam Gigandet - Chase
Clifton Collins Jr. - Nix
Ethan Cohn - Benjy
Fisher Stevens - Archaleta
Travis Fimmel - Helweg
David Banner - Bosch (as Lavell 'David Banner' Crump)
Jason Lew - Oscar
Damien Leake - Govenor
Maggie Grace - Bay
Rod Maiorano - Rex
Rachel O'Meara - Female Administrator
Jeanne Hopson - Gertrude
Jack Mishler - Henry (as Jack W. Mishler)

Taglines: Prisoner #77 chose to be here.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 12 August 2010

Filming Locations: Alleman, Iowa, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,800,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This movie is a remake of a movie based on a book that was inspired by the real-life Stanford prison experiment. The experiment at Stanford ended early as both the guards and prisoners took their respective roles too seriously. The experiment will never be redone because it was deemed unethical. Under the rules of the American Psychiatric Association any research done must not physically or mentally harm the participants. The researchers in the original Stanford Experiment were studying why people follow rules even when they find them morally questionable.

Revealing mistakes: After using the fire extinguishers on the prisoners everyone is covered in white powder as if a powder apparatus had been used. The actual extinguishers used are of the CO2 type which is easily identified by the big "funnel" at the end of the hose and would not leave everyone covered in white powder.

User Review

Not nearly as good as the original.

Rating: 6/10

The Experiment is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Paul Scheuring and starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker,Cam Gigandet and Maggie Grace.The film is also a remake of the 2001 German film Das Experiment, which was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The experiment begins when 26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control. $14,000 for two weeks, it is easy-earned money. The study examines aggressive behavior in an artificial prison setting. At first the tenants are divided randomly into prisoners and guards, but soon a spiral of violence begins.

I had some hope for this film because I remember seeing the original Das Experiment more then a year ago and enjoying it. Although brutal the film was brilliant in the way it explored human nature, human instincts, and one's moral compass. It's actually quite surprising that it took such a long time (9 years) for Hollywood to assassinate, pardon me, remake this very interesting story which is actually based on the Stanford prison experiment that took place in 1971 and was highly criticized afterwords. The problem with this remake is that, as in most things Hollywood, it's all about big name actors and big fights and nice camera angles. What's most important, the characterization and the character development which are the things that make this story, were completely thrown aside. One of the consequences of doing so is that the film felt extremely rushed and therefor the payoff wasn't that great. I didn't think there was real tension, and the film lacked that gritty look of the original, instead it looks sharp and polished.

Also, it's one thing to put your own spin into a story but this remake eliminated an entire dimension of the original film. I'm talking about the people behind the cameras, the scientists watching and conducting the experiment. They played a big part in the original and in this remake they are nowhere to be seen and it truly diminished the story. Regarding the acting, I thought Adrien Brody did a pretty good job and Cam Gigandet was delightfully nasty as he usually is. On the other hand, Forest Whitaker was absolutely awful. In almost every film that see him in, he acts like he has a speech impediment and to be honest, it adds nothing to his performance. Overall, The Experiment it's somewhat enjoyable but not nearly as good as the original.



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