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MicroReview: The Belko Experiment (2016)



In a twisted social experiment, eighty 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.

Review

There's little more to be said about the film given the synopsis - so we'll skip the plot. But this isn't a film about plot - it's about characters. Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Belko is all about how different people react to life threatening situations. It pretty much skates the fine line of being something along the lines of being a Saw movie, but not torture porn.

It's sold not only on the damn fine writing of Gunn, but the amazing performances of all involved. Lead goes to ordinary office worker, Mike, played incredibly by John Gallagher Jr. (Hush), but the supporting cast is both outstanding, and totally on form. They include Tony Goldwyn (The Mechanic), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil), Melonie Diaz (The First Purge) and Sean Gunn (The Hive).

It's a well done movie, with tension ramping all the way from the title card. No, it's nothing new, per se, but it is a good example of it. It's brutally violent, and actually hard to watch in places - with the body count getting higher, and higher.

Good stuff, if bordering on hyper-violence.

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