The Belko Experiment (2016)
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The Belko Experiment (2016) Review
The Belko Experiment (2016) is a rated R 1h 29 min American action thriller horror movie that was shot in Bogota, Colombia and gross over $10 million at the box office against a $5 million budget. Director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek (2005), Rogue (2007), Wolf Creek 2 (2013), The Darkness (2016)) did an incredible job executing this thought provoking movie that kept me guessing who the survivor will be. Greg did not waste any time getting to the bloodbath which was a little gross for me to watch as their heads explode spewing blood and brains everywhere. This movie contains extremely graphic violence, gore, suspense, intense kill scenes, bad language, hostages, black comedy, explosives, murders, dark humor, brutality, morality, savagery, and chaos.
The Belko Experiment revolves around 80 Americans locked in a building by steel shutters as part of a sick social experiment in Bogota, Colombia. The Americans first thought that someone was playing a prank on them after hearing the voice on the intercom telling them that a few of them will have to die within a certain amount of time or the voice/they will kill 30 of them.
It was odd seeing almost all of the employees being so happy, smiling and friendly with each other in their office environment which is what I usually do not see in movies. Some of the employees became suspicious when the new guards sent home the Colombian nationals workers. It did not take long for the action to start as everyone sets into panic mode with most of their instincts telling them to kill or be killed. The second demand from the intercom speaker told them that they had to kill thirty of them/employee or the voice/they will kill sixty of them.
Belko has the upper hand on their employees because they had their employees insert tracking devices implanted in their necks/heads upon employment but the tracking devices are not at all what the employees thought they were. The survivor I was rooting for ends up dying by a bullet in the head. Imagine everyone fighting to save his/her life because the last person alive will be allowed to leave the building. I was amazed to see the ending because I did not expect the survivor to do what his/she did. It was a gore fest that gorehounds would enjoy immensely.
The premise was straightforward and easy to follow, so it was important for the cast to take the movie up a notch which they absolutely did. I would have loved it if it was explained why this experiment was conducted around the world, why Americans and who was the primary person passing the orders to carry out the operations. Thriller and gore fans should not miss this film as it was an intense ride with a thin storyline but were executed nicely. All of the actors gave us fantastic performances. The music was not that memorable.
Special Features on the Blu-ray DVD:
Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment
Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips
The Belko Experiment DVD:
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.40.1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English / Spanish / French
U.S. Rating: R
Closed Captioned: Yes
Full disclosure: Our friends over at FOX / MGM sent us this Blu-ray for review purposes, thank you.
- The Belko Experiment Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 5.90
- IMDB: 6.1
- MetaCritic: 4.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 5.4
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Runtime: 89 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Total Avg. Votes: 35,656
The Belko Experiment Writers: NA
The Belko Experiment Director: Greg Mclean
Box Office: $10,164,675
Production: BH Tilt
Country: USA, Colombia