The Belko Experiment review
For those that work in an office for a big company, you ever notice how there’s at least one person there that’s either a conspiracy theory nut or doesn’t make sense? Ironically for places that claim to want the best of the best, they seem to attract a variety of people, but I notice a lot of individuals who says things about the big boys hiding something or the new boss who comes from upstairs. A lot of this has to do with the act that the bigger the company you work for, the more that your not told of. It’s the same way people make theories about the U.S. government having a lot of secrets.
There’s a lot to say considering companies like Disney, McDonalds, Chevron, or even Trump (the company, not the person) that are covered on CSPAN or Newsweek Magazine all the time, and yet still cast a shadow that people want to glimpse into. Is there something their not telling us? Maybe so, maybe not, but I can see where some of these conspiracy theory nuts are coming from (not to say that their right). The company comes fully clean in the thriller, The Belko Experiment.
Belko Industries seems to be a powerful company with a lot of remote offices, including one in Bogotá, Colombia where the film is set. Employee Mike Milch (played by John Gallagher Jr.) heads in along with several coworkers like girlfriend Leandra (played by Adria Arjona), newcomer Dany (played by Melonie Diaz), goon-like executive Wendell (played by John C. McGinley) and boss Barry (played by Tony Goldwyn). It seems that they’ve only been there for about a year, but the company’s goal is nonprofit in helping Americans finding work throughout South America. Things seem to be going fine until steel doors suddenly surround the entire building.
A voice (played by Gregg Henry) announces to everyone (including the bosses) that they have a couple of hours to kill thirty of their employees or sixty will be killed. Everyone dismisses the announcement as a prank until a couple of heads start to explode. It’s revealed that this was done thanks to the chips that have been installed in the back of the heads of all Belko employees (they were told they were to track them in case of a kidnapping). The race is one to see who will survive when the tension becomes too much and if they can contact the outside in any way.
What I have written may sound insane and even dumb, but I actually enjoyed a lot. This is because unlike the similar The Purge that took itself seriously, this is self aware that it’s stupid. The script for The Belko Experiment was written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and it shows. While not really a comedy or a satire, this is over the top in a fun way that shows how these people expose themselves. Even if it does take itself seriously too much in a few parts, I laughed more then I thought I would. The blood count is high and it does not go soft on the gore.
What helps is that nearly all the actors are really good. Many of the people you see are probably not recognizable (except for some cast members from Guardians of the Galaxy), but are more people that you might have seen as a side character somewhere else. This pretty much means that instead of big names, your watching some good characters in something of a Battle Royale meets Office Space. Much of the style is clearly influenced from the films of John Carpenter and most material from Troma.
I’ll give this four Belko Industries logos out of five. You cannot expect this to be a serious movie. As long as you watch it as an over-the-top thriller with some comedic moments, you’ll have fun. I can’t believe that this would be better then Beauty and the Beast, but The Belko Experiment is a success.