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The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

Battle Royale & Hunger Games meets Office Space? Not quite, but The Belko Experiment makes true on its namesake by experimenting with flavors from each. The end results will probably satisfy genre film enthusiasts, normal viewers should wait for streaming and those who are looking to find a deep meaning should look elsewhere.

What if you were forced to kill your coworkers? That’s the summary that will weed out most on deciding whether to see this or not. Morbid curiosity will be entertained. The film wastes no time beating around the bush and gets to its main premise right away. We are introduced to the employees of Belko and given the bare minimum profile of each group in the company before the film kicks into uh, overtime.

The Belko Experiment makes good on the inherent promise of violence as the stakes for our wage slaves are heightened. The threat of their heads exploding via implants keep them in check. Heads bashed, bodies are stabbed and limbs are maimed. There are handfuls of visceral moments that made me wince, and I’m willing to bet some gore hounds will as well.

Just as the film spends the smallest amount of effort required to setup the characters, the office commentary is unfortunately just as scarce. There is a lot of potential for satire here, and coming from a script penned by James Gunn, of Guardians of the Galaxy and Super fame, you’d expect biting humor or some genre subversions. Outside of some brisk one-liners and some stellar music choices, it seems the biggest subversion The Belko Experiment offers is playing its premise rather straight for most of its runtime.

At the conclusion, glimpses of answers and purpose tease the audience. Ultimately, while what was shown piqued my curiosity, but the film cuts it short for a sequel ploy. I can’t help but feel conflicting emotions as I left the theater as it was a solid romp and had semi-interesting ideas near the end. Despite that, sending off the audience with a semi is rarely a good move.  

The Belko Experiment

Director: Greg Mcleana

Released: 2017

Mind: 6.5

Eye: 6

Total: 6.25

 

Swish Pan

  • No really those music choices— eso es una albóndiga picante!
  • Dr. Cox!
  • Despite my gripes, I’m glad how the side story turned out.
  • Blink and you’ll miss it: Bring People Together
  • The March Bleak Series continues
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