Thursday, 5 October 2017

HALLOWEEN HORROR: The Belko Experiment (2017)

The Belko Experiment came out earlier this year and it peaked my interest. I'm a huge fan of Battle Royale, so all films that come out following the same kind of idea are must watch for me. The film includes a good solid cast, with the likes of John C. McGinley and Michael Rooker really peaking my interest as bad-ass actors who look bad-ass. Plus, it's written by James Gunn, so it's got a lot going for it. Unfortunately the film didn't get a wide cinema release in the UK, but now I've finally got round to watching it.

So the story takes place in Bogota, Colombia in a large high rise building, and the workers turn up for work to find a new security team, and see the Colombian workers being sent home for the day. Everyone just continues their daily routine, and we get a brief look at some of the characters and their personalities. We find out that all the workers have tracers implanted in them to protect against kidnapping (apparently). It doesn't take long for a strange voice to come over the unknown intercom system to let the workers know what is going on. The strange voice then locks the building down, imprisoning the eighty workers in together, and lets them know they need to kill two of their fellow colleagues in half an hour, or else. 
Doubting the legitimacy of the threat, the workers break into groups trying to figure out a way out, while others plan if the situation might be legit. After half an hour they get a message from the intercom announcing their failure and that four people will now be executed. Four people are killed by the tracers exploding in the back of their necks. Realising their situation is very real, things start to fall apart as the voice announces thirty more of the colleagues need to be killed or sixty will be killed in two hours. 

So yeah, I don't want to give any more away then that. but it goes the way you'd expect. The films story doesn't really throw any curve balls and it's all very linear. One aspect I did enjoy was the main character Mike (John Gallagher Jr) who actually does what seems like the smart thing to do in most situations. John C. McGinley is great as the creepy office worker, and Sean Gunn is great as the conspiracy theorist junkie. One down side is Michael Rooker doesn't have as bigger role as I would have liked. Other wise I found this an enjoyable film, which leaves itself open for a sequel.
Final verdict is a 7/10 it's a good film. Solid if simplistic story, good acting and characters, the film isn't over the top gory but has some pretty brutal kills. If you're looking to fill the void of people killing people you can't go wrong with this one. I've just got to sit here now  and wait for the sequel to get written and then made. I could be waiting a while. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below. Richee  

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