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The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher Jr., Adria Arjona, Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Michael Rooker and Brent Sexton

Rated: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 17, 2017 Released by: Orion Pictures

Corporate slugs of an arcane enterprise are in for a lurid social experiment in this action drama from helmer Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and scenarist James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Dead).

The Belko Experiment may very well be a variation on The Purge and You're Next by way of Office Space with a visceral explosiveness from gallows wit.

A remote locale of Bogota, Columbia is while this test of human nature and endurance where the only way out is "to kill or be killed," battle royal style; a debasement of the paradigms who think it may very well be a stunt. The occupants are mostly U.S. expatriates so the company has taken measures based on dangers, like kidnapping, that could happen based on their status (while covering their housing and transport). So, "tracers" have been internally implemented which adds to the intensity, or mayhem from an arguably contrived set-up.

The middle section may be padded a bit even for a seemingly ideal run-time that would fit into most animated studio releases; John Gallagher Jr.'s Mike is the IT consultant who turns out to be more pacifistic than most of the others even with a goofy streak. Though he has a strong-willed significant figure with noticeable ethical elasticity as endowed by Adria Arjona.

The design of the action has McLean working well with his technicians with the sound particularly cogent while the soundtrack has geographical flavorings to complement the action as in an oft-used Gloria Gaynor anthem. The top brass who "buy time" for their necessary enforcement are Tony Goldwyn's Barry (the increasingly mad COO) and John C. McGinley's wicked underling Wendell.

The titular place of business turns out to have an uneasy, finally surreal feeling from a lighter beginning that still may startle fans of a genre laden with carnage. If the commentary at the end doesn't figure to make enough of an impression McLean and Gunn get enough of a presence from Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Goldwyn and McGinley. As well as decent auxiliary work from Melonie Diaz, Michael Rooker, and Brent Sexton. It's a deft, if flawed con-job scaled for today's voracious primal appetites.

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