In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Directed by: Greg McLean
Written by: James Gunn
Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, and Adria Arjona
You ever have one of those days where you feel like you don’t get paid enough to put up with your job? Maybe you’ve had a day or two when you’ve even wanted to punch a co-worker. At Belko it appears like those days barely ever happen. There are plenty of smiles on their faces, employees in no hurry to get their work done, and even some time for office romance. All is good until the Belko experiment begins.
Of course when the voice orders the employees to start killing each other they have a hard time believing it. Once they get a little motivation, the experiment becomes a mind blowing experience. No really, it’s literally a mind blowing experience as employees’ heads blow up. The panic starts to set in with some wanting to stay as a group and find a way out, and others who start to go along with what the voice wants.
Now there’s 80 employees in this building, and a lot of killing to do. As a horror fan, this is a great opportunity to see some potentially awesome deaths. There are a few good ones, but overall it becomes a little disappointing. While fun and extremely bloody, the head explosions wipe out too many people. A bunch of others die by gun shot, which also becomes too repetitive.
As the number of survivors dwindles, the audience might be rooting for certain people. One or two give it a good try, and last longer than the audience might think. However, picking the last few survivors is kind of predictable. What’s not predictable is the ending. There’s a nice surprise in the action, and an interesting small twist with the experiment.
In a way, orchestrating “The Belko Experiment” is like the people working behind the scenes in “The Cabin in the Woods.” It would have been nice to see more creative deaths like another movie… “Saw.” Instead, too many of the deaths are by either gun shot, or head explosions. While it’s a good and fun story, they missed a chance to make it even better. With that, I give it 2.5 pools of blood.