The Belko Experiment is a secret office plot for a massacre that happens in Colombia when the American government isolates the local office of a multinational company.
A series of impenetrable metal barriers falling on every door and window, keeping the employees inside the building,
On the outside, there are soldiers to form a barrier to prevent them any attempt to escape.
At this point, the military chief takes control of communications and informs them about their new working conditions.
The government has chosen all of them for a psychological experiment to evaluate human reactions under stress.
It’s up to them to choose whether to participate or not, but they only have a few hours to kill thirty of their colleagues.
If they do not fulfill the request within the required time, even sixty people will die.
In fact, without their knowledge, the company has installed micro explosive charges in their heads, posing as a GPS security system.
Without having time to think because of the countdown, they split into separate groups.
Friends and colleagues’ relationships disappear in a blink in a massacre game and a ruthless struggle for survival.
From natural selection to company selection
The Belko Experiment is a psychological thriller wich essence is the relationships between the characters, exasperated by the military plot.
Humor is always present, but this time more in the background than the brutality and human greed.
At this point, comedy turns black and becomes a symbolic parody of the career and hostile work environment struggle but replaced by mere survival.
Once the usual behavioral constraints disappear, all the tiny misunderstandings and personal rivalries flare up explosively.
The main protagonist is John Gallagher Jr., the naive and honest young man who refuses to participate in the massacre until the last moment.
But whether you like it or not, you will have to deal with Tony Goldwyn, the office manager who catches the situation and builds a platoon of faithful.
Among them is the smiling and disturbing John C. Mcginley, friendly and grumpy Dr. Cox in the TV series Scrubs, here instead cruel dog eating dog.
Greg Mclean continues the path taken with his previous two Wolf Creek, another inhuman portrait of Australia barbara and rural.
It does not have the same bloody wickedness, but it still emphasizes consideration of the human spirit in adversity.
And perhaps, in conclusion, the real test subjects of this experiment are us viewers, for whom it is impossible not to see ourselves and our lives in his films.