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Terribly Common Yet Fun | Review of ‘The Belko Experiment’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Belko Experiment starring John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Josh Brener & Michael Rooker
Orion Pictures & BH Tilt
Image Credit: IMDB

“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.”

—IMDB

This is one of those movies that is enjoyable, just as long as you remember to shut your brains off. The Belko Experiment isn’t an entirely unique or fresh take on the cliché story of putting people in a room and seeing who will kill to survive and who won’t. Battle Royale did it, The Hunger Games did it, and many more. This film is just another film on that list. Does that make it any less enjoyable? No, just as long as you just shut your brain off, otherwise you won’t enjoy this film at all.
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The Purge


The Purge Movie Review

Directed by: James DeMonaco

Screenplay by: James DeMonaco

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Tom Yi, Chris Mulkey, Tisha French, Dana Bunch, Peter Gvozdas, Karen Strassmen & Peter Jones

In the future, unemployment and crime are at an all-time low, but every year, crime is legal for twelve hours to keep them low. Now this year a family must survive the purge as invaders break in to take their home.

A psychological thriller that fell flat. Now this movie wasn’t completely bad, it had a lot of potential to be more about a family changing to fight for their lives, growing spines and surviving what should have been an uneventful night for them. Instead, their compassionate son decides to open their house and their security system to a homeless man running for his life.

The movie spans a total of 85 minutes, 60 of those minutes is the family looking for their daughter and the homeless man in their house which is not mansion sized, and yet it takes them that long to find them both. It brings to light the moral dilemma in question: is it right to give this man up for death for our own lives and the safety of their children? Now that I believe, is what the movie is supposed to be about, the moral dilemma some people are faced with in the Purge. Is legal crime one day a year really serve their nation better? But the movie fell short of delivering that message to the audience as a group of people try to break into their house and have the family fight for their lives and that of the man they have tied up.

Given all that, you have Ethan Hawke who was amazing (as always) as he makes his way around the house trying to fend of the invaders who broke through his security system. Invaders who are teenagers dressed as lunatics with such an urge to kill. That was a good premise and a good plot line, but ultimately fell short as their jealous and hateful neighbors come out of nowhere to kill the invaders so that they can kill the family themselves. One Lena Headey spends most of her time carrying a gun she never uses them screams and barely fights back, telling the invaders and her neighbors to keep their hands off her and her children instead of actually fighting and rising to the challenge. For a woman who is very adept at playing a strong warrior woman, playing a woman who has little strength, until the very last minute, was incredibly lame.

The premise and the moral dilemma that this movie brings to light is was good, but the delivery was ultimately lackluster. ★★ (C-)