The Experiment Review
Synopsis:26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
The Experiment (2010) is an American drama thriller horror movie that was executed nicely. Director, producer and co-writer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break (2005), A Man Apart (2003), Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)) did an incredibly phenomenal job. 36K (2010) was Paul’s first movie to direct and, needless to say, The Experiment is his second. Paul has a lot of potential in the film industry in different fields and should definitely stick to this career path. The film contains nudity, sexual content, violence, bad language, intense scenes, prison scenes and graphic scenes.
The Experiment starts by showing is Dr. Archaleta (Fisher Stevens - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Short Circuit (1986), Awake (2007), Short Circuit 2 (1988)) separating his volunteers for a psychological study of groups. The volunteers were divided into groups of guards and inmates. 26 of the volunteers are picked to go to a makeshift prison where 6 of them will be guards and 20 will be prisoners. Anti-war protestor Travis (Adrien Brody - The Pianist (2002), King Kong (2005), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Predators (2010)) is picked to be a prisoner while 42-year-old Michael Barris (Forest Whitaker - Platoon (1986), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Phone Booth (2002)) who still lives with his mother is picked to be a guard.
The psychological study includes realistic rules that everyone must follow. The 26 volunteers will receive $14,000 if they follow all the rules below for two weeks. Some of the rules are that the prisoners have to stay within areas assigned to them, have to eat three full meals a day, and they will have 30 minutes of rec time daily. The guard’s rules are to make sure that all prisoners follow the rules and take care of situations. The doctor told them that the experiment will end if anyone quits or if he see’s any violence. Travis shares his cell with two other inmates, graphic novelist Benjy (Ethan Cohn - Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rubber (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)) and Nix (Clifton Collins Jr. - Pacific Rim (2013), Star Trek (2009), Transcendence (2014), Mindhunters (2004)) who is an Aryan Brotherhood member.
Barris becomes more sadistic as he tries to control the other guards from showing violence. The guards do abuse the prisoners, but Travis still does not obey them. The guards think that Travis is making the other prisoners feel that they can do whatever. Barris then humiliates Travis by kidnapping him and then shaving his head and other unsanitary things. Guard Bosch (David Banner - Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Footloose (2011), Street Kings (2008)) does not agree with Barris and wants out but stays after Barris reminds him that they will not receive the compensation of $14,000 if one person quits. The movie has a lot of twists from this point on, and you have to stay focused or you might think that you are going crazy like one of the guards.
Watch this incredible movie about life. It was touching as well as entertaining. I will watch this movie again with friends and family. The actors all did a fantastic job with their parts, and the sets could not have been any better.
About The Experiment (2010)
Total Avg. Votes: 37
Writers: Paul Scheuring, Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger, Oliver Hirschbiegel
Director: Paul Scheuring