The Belko Experiment Review

Belko Experiment Thoughts

**Contains spoilers. Continue at your own discretion**

So I saw The Belko Experiment over the weekend, and was I impressed? No. Was I disappointed? No. The plot is one we’ve seen before (a la Battle Royale, The Circle, Lord of the Flies, etc), so I wasn’t expecting to walk into this movie blown away by some novel and innovative plot. It was interesting to see how no matter the circumstance, the same end always prevails with this genre of film.

I won’t go into too many specifics, simply because we know how these types of movies play out. The only thing lost by me providing a synopsis is the guessing game of who dies, when, and how. I do want to share a few thoughts that came up during the movie between my boyfriend and I though:

  1. Why don’t people ever elect to factor out those who always propose getting weapons or who seem to take on the role of aggressors/alphas?  Those people clearly create a hierarchy in groups and facilitate more violence, and ultimately cause a majority of the conflict in these situations.
  2. Endless bullets? There only appeared to be 4 guns and 4 clips. There’s no way there were that many bullets! One of the characters unloaded like 5 bullets into one guy at once! I know it’s a movie, but still. Adding more realism in that respect would make things more suspenseful.

Those two things aside, I do have some other more general thoughts about the film:

  1. Again, the plot has been done before, so I’m not going to complain about that. Many movies out these days have recycled plots. If it’s a genre you care for, it’s decent (i.e. What would you do/who decides who lives, who dies)
  2. I was PISSED that Dani died how she did. HOW are you that careful the entire movie, but when there are less people – when you should be EVEN MORE on your toes, you decide to lower your guard? And of ALL things, you decide to just take the elevator so carelessly?! Of course someone was going to be there to kill you! She didn’t even have one of those things in her head, so she should have been able to escape!!! I was highly disappointed by that.
  3. I just want in one of these movies for a minority to win. There were so many! I was rooting for a few people, and of course they didn’t make it *sighs in annoyance*
  4. I would like to see them not base the outcome of these types of movies with ideologies or “landmark experiments” from the field of Psychology. This is reflected in a post on Tumblr I saw. I also added some commentary in my reblog. If you want to read more of the post you can click the link, but the main post read:

Your professor will not be happy with you if he says the Stanford Prison Experiment shows human nature and you say it shows the nature of white middle class college-aged boys.

Like he will not be happy at all. – user: boneyardchamp

Another comment stated:

This reminds me of a discussion that I read once which said Lord of the Flies would have turned out a hell of a lot differently if it was a private school of young girls (who are expected to be responsible and selfless instead), or a public school where the children weren’t all from an inherently entitled, emotionally stunted social class (studies have shown that people in lower socioeconomic classes show more compassion for others).

Or that the same premise with children raised in a different culture than the toxic and opressive British Empire and it’s emphasis on social hierarchy and personal wealth and status.

And that what we perceive as the unchangable truth deep inside humanity because of things like Lord of the Flies and the Stanford Prison Experiment, is just the base truths about what happens when you remove any accountabilty controlling one social group with an overwhelming sense of entitlement and an inability to feel compassion. – user: hollowedskin

These behaviours are not reflective of a majority of the population. These experiments, and many experiments in Psychology, draw from samples that are primarily composed of white, college-aged students. Given the circumstances, most people would not act this way.

I always think that if I were put in a situation like this movie, I would factor myself out of the equation. It is not my place to decide or make decisions about people’s lives. Also, in these situations, who really wins? Let’s say you are the victor – you emerge with your life, but you’re bound to end up with immense psychological trauma. You’re either fully emerged as a violent psychopath, riddled with survivors guilt, will experience flashbacks, forever feel a sense of paranoia, etc…there’s no coming back from that. No thanks.

I know obviously people want a movie, but why is it so hard to imagine that in a situation, if you alter the groups who are there, people would opt to take their chances. Let’s take this movie:

The aggressors in the film were four white males from Western countries. Take away that dynamic, and I’m sure more people would have opted to just let things play out. If the rules state that only one person can live, no matter what happens, 79 people will die. Why complicate things? Just let whoever is pulling the strings do what is inevitable anyway.

Anyway, did any of you see this movie?

What do you all think of this genre of movie, and what the suggests of human nature?

Largely, what do you think about experiments like the Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Shock Experiment and what people seem to say they suggest about “human nature?”

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