This movie Monday focuses on a new release that I saw the other day.
If you haven’t seen the trailer go take a look now.
The Belko Experiment is a horror-thriller movie directed by Greg McLean who has directed Wolf Creek and Rogue. This movie is a recent release in the U.K. but currently has a bunch of low ratings.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
- Empire: 3/5
- IMDb: 6.4/10
I must say that I am so surprised at these ratings as I did enjoy this movie.
The Belko Experiment opens as a normal day at the office for most of the workers, despite all the Colombian national workers being sent home that morning.
Weird right? Well you would think so yet most of the Belko workers turn a blind eye. What is also weird is that everyone that works there doesn’t really seem to understand what Belko does as a non-profit company.
During the opening scenes you get a glimpse at the office life and some of the relationships present – those that are romantic, platonic and those that are more than a little creepy. At some point during this normal day at work, the building is shut down from bottom to top, window and door, by an incredible metal system that is impenetrable. From this moment onward mayhem commences…
The 80 Belko Industries workers left are informed by a voice,over the tannoy, that a number colleagues must die or they will kill double. Naturally the staff, for the most part, ignore the order and push it off as a prank following a talk from the CEO. However, the voice over is not a prank and a whole bunch of people end up dying.
Yeah right. Like c’mon who wouldn’t find this ever so slightly strange that a company wants to do this. Is it just me that hears alarm bells at this?
More to the point, these aren’t trackers but bombs and the sadistic voice over is blowing people’s heads off if the workers do not follow the orders. What follows after this is panic, betrayal and a bunch of gore and violent deaths.
Despite the gore, you still find yourself following the plot and being thrilled along the way, like a thriller should do. I was on the edge of my seat for some points of this movie and you can’t predict who is going to die and live. I did find myself rooting for some characters more than others.
I am trying to refrain from disclosing the whole plot because that’s not the point of a review. The violence pans out until we have winner of the “game” which, as the movies closes, we find out is not a game but a sadistic experiment that has been happening across what I presume to be the American continents but could be a global experiment.
You, the viewer, are left on a cliffhanger wondering what the new voice over means when they say.
Stage one complete… stage two will now commence
I expect a sequel in the making but considering such low ratings this may not be the case.
I actually enjoyed this movie. It was refreshing. Not the new typical horrros of haunted dolls and houses but a gore horror that has substance, that hooks you and thrills you like it should. The violence did become OTT at points and some parts were predictable but other parts, some character deaths, were shocking.
I enjoyed this movie massive amounts and left the cinema with a face like:
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