The marketing of "The Belko Experiment" made it look like an intriguing satirical action horror film. When the final reviews came out, my hopes diminished, but I still wanted to see it. In reality, it wasn't what I had hoped, but I don't think it is quite as bad as the reviews said it was either.
The film is definitely interesting. The pacing is done well and the story is just intense enough to keep you fully invested. There are still some issues with the writing, though. For one, the characterization is really weak. It is thoroughly obvious from the beginning whether we are supposed to sympathize with the character or not, with the film using the most simple of tactics to do so. The potential commentary that the premise offers is also completely squandered, with what commentary being straightforward or nonexistent. There are also some inconsistencies regarding logic in the film, such as a time in which a character shoots a line containing flammable gas.
That being said, there are still things that I liked about the film. The use of visual symbolism in the film is good, and the use of juxtaposition, especially through contrapuntal sound, is excellent. The acting in the film is also really good. John Gallagher, Jr. is good at delivering the emotional scenes in the film, and Tony Goldwyn is a satisfyingly menacing antagonist. I also thought that the practical effects for the gore were really good.
Overall, "The Belko Experiment" was not as good as it could have been, but it still isn't bad. It is an enjoyable action horror, so if you enjoy the genre, I would recommend it.
The Belko Experiment
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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