At your typical office job, there are security measures taken to protect you from harm from others, but what if the measures used to protect you can be used against you. This is the pretty much the premise of The Belko Experiment, something I felt fitting to review with the climate of today.
The movie is about office workers who unwilling find themselves a part of a sick social experiment of survival of the fittest. They are completely locked down and a voice gives them instructions to follow, and if they refuse to comply, they will die. Everyone thinks its just a joke until they are proven that what is happening to them is very real.
This movie is very ultra-violent, and a sobering look at the corruption of power. There doesn't have to be a reason, people will do what they want because they want to do it. And when lives are at stake, how far are you willing to go to ensure your own survival? When the chips are down, it indeed becomes every man or woman for themselves. It all leads to an ending that shows even those in power are not exempt.
There are not many horror movies that are set in an office environment that are any good, but the ones that do succeed have a good reason for doing so. See for example Mayhem, which I reviewed in the past. Just like Belko Experiment, that movie also explored the power struggles in a work environment that the subject of exterior threats. We so often think with the security precautions, that work is a safe space. that nothing bad can happen at our job. Both these movies explore just how badly things can go wrong at the workplace.
Definitely recommend checking this movie out as it's really interesting with what it does. James Gunn has involvement as a writer, and you will notice his regular actors such as his brother Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker. Some of the deaths get pretty brutal too. If you already seen The Belko Experiment, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! And don't forget to vote!! -Tha Thrilla-