Movies about death games are awesome. If executed correctly, the game tests the limits and will of the people involved. Some live, some die– or all die– but a lesson is usually learned. It’s really quite the spectacle. The Belko Experiment is one of these types of flicks.
The Belko Experiment is the story of a corporate government office building that was taken hostage by an unknown outside entity. The employees trapped inside are forced to play a wicked game of survival that will forever change the way you look at the corporate world and the people who work in it.
This movie was a fun, mindless gore-fest. The premise of the film is actually kind of neat, but nothing to brag about. The characterization is actually quite frustrating and will make you almost hate this flick until all the carnage starts. The backbone of this movie and its bread and butter are all the radical, unique kills. Director Greg McLean, who has brought us the very cool Wolf Creek series, does a commendable job directing off a James Gunn written script that lacks proper character development. The movie feels like a Game of Thrones episode, where any and all likable characters end up on the chopping block sooner rather than later. So please, don’t get attached to absolutely anyone because their fate will probably not be a good one.
The actors involved do a decent job portraying saints and sinners, but eventually the bulk of them turn out to be annoyingly flawed and flat. There’s not much else to say about the actors involved because really they’re all sheep lined up for the slaughter.
Of course, the magnum opus of this little flick is the blood and gore. Wow, we are treated to a plethora of gruesome kills. From an axe to the face to imploding heads, it’s fucking great and really the only thing that kept me engaged in this movie. The best thing about the gore is that it’s all practical effects, which makes everything look fucking fantastic.
I was hoping this movie would have been better as a whole, but it doesn't quite get there. Yes, the blood and gore and practical effects save this movie from being a hot mess, but I wish the characters were a bit more complete. I get that we're jumping into a day in the lives of random characters, but the development is off-putting. I do recommend this flick to any gore whore out there, it’s a blast. //Arturo Padilla