The Belko Experiment (2017) Horror Movie Review


“The Belko Experiment” is a film that delves into the darkest corners of human nature when faced with life-or-death scenarios. Directed by Greg McLean and penned by James Gunn, the movie presents a gripping narrative set within the claustrophobic confines of an office building in Bogotá, Colombia.

The premise is as intriguing as it is horrifying: 80 employees of the Belko Corporation find themselves trapped in their office building, forced into a deadly game of kill or be killed by an unseen entity controlling their every move. The film’s strength lies in its ability to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, as the characters are pushed to their limits, revealing their true selves under pressure.

John Gallagher Jr. leads the cast as Mike Milch, embodying the voice of reason amidst chaos. Tony Goldwyn’s portrayal of Barry Norris offers a stark contrast, representing the primal instinct to survive at any cost. The supporting cast, including Adria Arjona and John C. McGinley, add depth to the narrative, each character grappling with the moral dilemma imposed upon them.

The film’s commentary on corporate culture and the value of human life is evident, though it could have benefited from deeper exploration. The violence is graphic and relentless, serving as both a critique and a spectacle. This dichotomy may leave viewers torn between appreciating the film’s boldness or being repelled by its brutality.

Critics have pointed out that while “The Belko Experiment” offers moments of intense, lurid fun for genre enthusiasts, it falls short in delivering a consistent satirical punch. The potential for a dark comedy or a profound social commentary is there, but the film prioritizes gore over substance.

If you like this type of movie, do check out CircleCube trilogy, Breathing Room, Exam, Killing Room, Saw series, and Fermat’s Room.

In the Nutshell

“The Belko Experiment” is a film that will resonate with fans of the survival horror genre. It’s a visceral experience that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the extremes of human behavior. While it may not fulfill its satirical promise, it succeeds in providing a thrilling and thought-provoking ride for those who can stomach the violence. I give 3 out of 5 stars.

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