BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT REVIEWED

“The Belko Experiment” hits those notes that I love in genre movies. They play short, they’re super violent and they leave me with the promise of future carnage. McLean and Gunn team to create a slice of horror that will make the 18 year movie nerds screaming about “Battle Royale” comparisons. That’s when you threaten to reverse abort them if they don’t shut up about movies that are as old as them. Yes, this is based on a real incident. No, you have to wait until the end of my rant before I explain a reverse abortion.

Gregg Henry stars as The Voice abusing a bevy of International workers at an American company in Colombia. The team members at Belko slaughter each other, while unseen forces pick off the unwilling. Eventually, it’s down to random guy from Cloverfield Lane to set things right. The pacing is weird towards the end of the film, but I appreciate. Placing that awkwardness in a film with an Orion Pictures banner hits all of those Pavlovian responses for me.

But, is it good? If you dig the Ultraviolence and corporate murder, then yes. Honestly, I expect most readers to pick this one up on video. I assume that it didn’t get mass market play in first run theaters. So, sometimes things work out that way.

FILM STATS

  • 1 hr and 29 mins
  • R
  • MGM/Orion/Blumhouse

RELEASE DATE: 3/17/17

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