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The Experiment

drama, thrillers


A psychodrama based on the true story of a group of scientists who organized 20 people to carry out a psychological experiment for a cash reward.

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3 stars

A group of volunteers with no history of violence or criminality are arbitrarily assigned the roles of prisoners and guards in a psychological experiment that spirals dangerously out of control. A remake of a German film, the most shocking aspect of The Experiment is the fact that it actually happened. Essentially showing how the civilised veneer of the human race can be so easily stripped away, these ordinary decent people become savage and twisted in a frighteningly short space of time when their only source of consequence to their actions is a faceless, anonymous but amoral authority figure. The director places the audience firmly in the place of the observer which detaches you somewhat from the situation and removes some of its intensity, but thanks to great performances from Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody it's a gut wrenching and thought provoking story that makes you wonder just how far we have really evolved from the beast within.

- garyX, Thursday, July 11, 2013

3 stars

Not what I was expected but interesting all the same, It would have been interesting to see how this movie would have faired had it go into wide release. Its not like the cast wasnt big enough because they were! Some points in the story seemed a bit odd and unecessary and perhaps thats why. But it was amausing and not too long. This was one good thing, I think if this film would have been any longer my attention would have been dropped. But it wasnt bad.

- MissMorganLeee, Sunday, June 12, 2011

3 stars

A remake of the German film Das Experiment which was based on a real social study in the 70's. It has a good cast and is an interesting topic to see how peoples behaviour can change given a certain situation. Everyone has a breaking point and acts differently when given power, authority or treated badly. People can change very quickly from what you expect and within a group. However the film is quite brutal at times, but I just felt the ending let it down a bit. Still worth a watch.

- Deano78, Thursday, May 12, 2011