The Belko Experiment (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Greg McLean
Starring: Josh Brener, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker
Rated: R/Region: O/2:40/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From 20th Century Fox
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.
One look at the cover for The Belko Experiment shows a quote that states that the movie is Office Space meets Battle Royale. That is probably the best comparison. The movie tells the tale of a high rise office that on what they think is just a normal day has its employees do battle with one another for survival. They are told they have a certain time to kill off so many people or a larger number will be killed off anyway by the people holding them hostage. What follows is a very bloody movie that doesn’t really have clear cut bad guys because when you break it down people are just doing what they feel they need to do in order to survive. We have a lot of characters, but we follow some a whole lot more than others. The movie wants you to care about people and I believe it does a good job of doing just that.
The movie does a lot of cool things, which is what you’d probably expect with James Gunn as a writer and producer. Greg McLean of Wolf Creek fame takes over the director’s chair and it proves to be a winning combination. You don’t expect to see movies this violent these days but the one raises the bar at times and does so without the heavy use of CGI. Head’s explode, faces are bashed in, and people are shot in the head time and time again. This is a really violent film but I am a big fan of violent films. We need more movies like The Belko Experiment to spice things up in the genre from time to time and while this one will (and has) gotten tons of comparisons to Battle Royale, at least this one brings something new to the table and doesn’t just rehash it. This one takes the concept and adds enough to it to create one of the year’s best.
– Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment
– Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 95%