An ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival when 80 employees (John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona) at the Belko Corp. in Bogotá, Colombia, learn that they are pawns in a deadly game. Trapped inside their building, a voice over an intercom tells the frightened staffers that two workers must be killed within 30 minutes. When another ultimatum follows, friends become enemies and new alliances take shape, as only the strongest will remain alive at the end. – Blumhouse Tilt
For the first time ever I almost feel like a real movie critic. I literally just finished this movie about 30 minutes ago and most likely have seen it before most people have seen it. Perhaps this review will be my big break, probably not though. The only reason I am even up right now (it is 1:30 am), is because Marvel’s Iron Fist drops in about 90 minutes and of course I need to start it as soon as possible so I am writing this review instead of sleeping. I should probably start talking about The Belko Experiment (am I the only person who struggles spelling experiment, it gets me every damn time).
The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn. James Gunn is one of my favorite writers/directors. Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither, Super, Scooby Doo, the list of his movies that I like goes on and on. This movie has been on my radar for quite a while now, mostly because of James Gunn. I was banking on enjoying this movie but part of me was hoping it would be bad. A friend of mine recently told me that I like movies way too much even when they are not so good. Partly true but I also feel that I typically just know what movies are going to be good and what aren’t good and I generally see good movies. Going into this film and as I write this review The Belko Experiment is sitting at a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. With that knowledge I thought I was about to have my very first scathing review. Unfortunately I was wrong. I actually had a blast with this one which might be a bit morbid considering the subject matter of the movie.
The cast in this film is relatively large and has some familiar faces but also many I didn’t recognize. For the most part I think the cast in this film was quite strong. The faces that stood out to me were John Gallagher Jr. (whom I loved in 10 Cloverfield Lane), John C. McGinely (best known for Scrubs and looking real good in tight collared shirts), Sean Gunn (James Gunn’s brother and known for being in every James Gunn film) and Michael Rooker (probably best know as Merle in The Walking Dead and also being in like every James Gunn film). As I mentioned the cast as a whole was pretty great but those guys stuck out at me, mostly because I had seen them before. John Gallagher Jr. played the main protagonist, he was easily the most rational character in the movie which made him the most relateable character. I just think the dude is a solid actor. John C. McGinely, I’ve always enjoyed him in things even though he kind of always plays the same guy. I do think he plays his role in this film differently yet still the same and it totally works. Sean Gunn was probably my favorite character in the movie, he basically played a combination of Shaggy from Scooby Doo and Marty from The Cabin in the Woods (one of my favorite films), his character provided many of the laughs but also played an important part in the climax of the film. Michael Rooker, again another guy I just kinda like, being honest his role wasn’t super important in the film but he did kick off most of the action, making him a pivotal character. To repeat myself, as a whole most of the cast was pretty good, some standouts aside from the few mentioned above were Adria Arjona (Gallagher Jr.’s girlfriend), Melonie Diaz ( a new hire) and Josh Brener (some more comic relief).
After watching this movie I can definitely see why its Rotten Tomatoes score is so low. This movie is not a movie for everybody, seriously. This movie is genre binding, it is a horror comedy thriller. Not a spoiler here but a lot of people die in this movie. The deaths in this film are super gory and violent, definitely not for the faint of heart. This movie is a hard R rating, for sure. But for every death in this film there is just as many jokes. Some people may find the comedy crude because of the subject matter. Because of that I understand the ratings it is receiving. The Belko Experiment is for a certain kind of movie goer and I guess that’s me. This movie is very reminiscent of The Cabin in the Woods, as I mentioned The Belko Experiment is a mix of genres just like The Cabin in the Woods but it also pokes fun at the horror genre and plays with many tropes just like The Cabin in the Woods. If you like The Cabin in the Woods then there is a good chance you’ll like The Belko Experiment.
I give The Belko Experiment a 7 out of 10, would watch again.