Sunday, 30 April 2017

#37: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT


Starring John Gallagher Jnr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, JKosh Brener, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn Written by James Gunn. Directed by Greg McLean. Budget $5 million and running time 88 minutes.

Typical you wait ages for a film written by James Gunn and starring Micheal Rooker and Sean Gunn to turn up and then two turn up in the same week.

One day, in Bogata the 80 odd employees of the mysterious Belko corporation find themselves locked inside their hi-rise office block built in the middle of the country side and told to start killing each other by a voice over the tannoy. What follows is an incredibly gory and violent little flick that doesn't skimp on the details in the very brutal and bloody horror film. It starts off fantastically well and the first hour is superb in setting the scene and building the tension, however the second half can't quite match the pace set and it finally descends into the bloodiest show down I've seen in an absolute age. It's hardly surprising this is an 18 cert film. As the film fragments into factions who fight to survive, it's hard to work out who'll make it to the end and just what the hell is going on, although the ending can be guessed before it happens.

It offers up some interesting ideas and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not perfect, a little cliched at times but still a bloody intriguing and satisfying night out that have you laughing out loud in shock.

8/10

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