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The Experiment [DVD]

Adrien Brody , Forest Whitaker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZDO0L4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,008 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DAS EXPERIMENT screenwriter Mario Giordano works with writer/director Paul Scheuring to craft this remake based on the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment. A team of scientists are conducting a psychological experiment that requires the participation of 20 subjects. The rules are simple: one group of subjects will be assigned the role of prison guards while the others will be assigned the role of inmates. Though the guards are specifically instructed to maintain order without the use of force no one is prepared for what happens when mutiny erupts and civility erodes. Adrian Brody and Forest Whittaker helm a fantastic cast.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting look at what we're all capable of 29 Dec 2010
The Experiment features Adrien Brody (Splice) and Forest Whitaker (Panic Room) as two of 24 participants in a psychological trial. The trial is simple; they will spend two weeks locked in a building acting out their randomly assigned permanent roles as six guards or one of eighteen prisoners. There are 5 rules and they must be enforced upon the prisoners by the guards or the experiment is over and nobody gets paid. After an initially amicable friendship during the induction, Brody and Whitaker find themselves on opposite sides of the wire and becomes nemeses pitted against each other as the leaders of their respective clans. Behaviour soon deteriorates as the prisoners reject the rules and the guards enforce them in more and more depraved ways until things start to get out of hand...

Based on the Zimbardo Stanford experiment in 1971; the premise for this film is grounded in fact, this scenario did in fact play out at one time which makes it all the more chilling when you consider what the candidates must have gone through. The film makes no bones about the psychological nature, with Whitaker's character realising early on that despite not being able to physically harm the inmates, they can remove their sense of self-worth & dignity, further reinforcing the internalisation of the 'prisoner' role.

The acting is very credible with both the leads giving stellar performances as they realise that they are becoming the very stereotype they have been recruited to be, not only taking on the character, but relishing in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Dec 2011
By Del
you have read the main dvd review....This is a well written film,buy it.Its pretty intense in certain parts,it had me on the end of the sofa.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 22 Nov 2010
By Mitun
'The Experiment' is a fact-based psychological thriller that released Direct-to-DVD in 2010 to positive reviews. It's a remake of the critically acclaimed 2001 German film, 'Das Experiment', which was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

The movie is based on the controversial Stanford prison experiment (resembled in Mario Giordano's novel, 'Black Box'), which was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was carried out in 1971 by a team of researchers led by psychology professor, Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University in the United States. The goal of the experiment was to understand abusive prison situations. 24 male participants were recruited and took part in an intended two-week prison simulation, which ended up getting out-of-hand.

The movie tells the story of 26 men who partake in the experiment, which will earn them $14,000 each, if they abide by the set rules and complete 2 weeks. The participants are situated in a prison setting and are either given the role of a prisoner (Adrien Brody & Clifton Collins Jr.) or a guard (Forest Whitaker). The movie thereafter concentrates on the deteriorating relationship between the prisoners & the guards and the escalating situations.

The movie has a settling start introducing the characters. You then witness the pace accelerating with each tension filled scene, right until the end. The movie progresses with gripping emotional drama and a flurry of unsettling/disturbing situations, which leave a lasting effect. The climax is acceptable but doesn't provide a closure, which is unfortunate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No where near as good as the German version!! 16 Dec 2012
By Beth
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I bought this film as I wished to see Hollywood's interpretation on a fantastic German film. However I wished I hadn't now!! This film is totally different from the German version and no where near as good!! There are to many loop holes in this film and I think the acting in this film is pretty poor (even though it had Adrien Brody in it!)
Total waste of money, if you wish to see this film then BUY THE GERMAN VERSION!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't compain 5 Jun 2014
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The quality of the dvd was what i expected, delivery prompt, no complaints with regards to this order. I wont comment of the plot of the story as the seller has no effect on this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good film 1 Jun 2014
By Josh
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not really a huge fan of adrien brody but this film is very good, he is also very good in this film but he's outclassed by forest whitaker who is brillaint in this, must watch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTENSE 2 Oct 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is perhaps a 5-star movie, but the over intensity prevented me "loving" this movie to a simply "liking" this movie. An experiment in the human psyche is conducted using a prison setting where one third of the participants are guards and two thirds are inmates. They are divided up according to their interview, part of which we get to see as a way to quickly build character. Adrien Brody is a prisoner. He is the ultra liberal atheists. Forrest Whitaker, a religious fellow who believes in absolute right and wrong becomes one of the guards. The two briefly talk and connect prior to the interview process.

The participants are promised a $1,000 dollars a day as long as they follow the rules. Breaking the rules must be dealt with "commensurately" and within 30 minutes or else the red light comes on, the experiment is over and no one gets paid. At this point I suspected two things: 1) The red light would never come on no matter what they did and 2)There were some shills within the group. I was wrong about the second one.

While one of the rules was "no violence" the guards gradually test what constitutes violence. The red light becomes their "God" who "approves" of their action by inactivity. Forrest Whitaker eventually becomes the leader of the guards, even punishing his own guards who have compassion toward the prisoners. Adrien Brody becomes his rival as the leader of the prisoners.

The acting is good. The action is at a good pace. There is human torture and beating as one might expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This film is incredible

It really makes you think about society today
I really enjoyed this film and had me totally gripped!
Published 11 months ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
i love this film wont go into the plot as already in description brillant acting by whole cast adrien brody is amazing and very convincing in his role in this true story, amazing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by amazing grace
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT WATCH!!!
cant belive how bad this was compared to the original the director should be shot if you ve seen the original dont watch this and if you havent dont watch this please!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by fedorphil
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic!
This isn't the worst movie I have seen but by far is nowhere near up there with the best!

I found myself enjoying this film at first but it just got more and more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trickster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for Psychology
I am a psychology teacher and have found this a great introduction to Zimbardos study, not completely accurate but a very good film
Published 19 months ago by happycooler
5.0 out of 5 stars The experiment
This film was very good
I would highly recommend you buy it
not your boring average prison film
Very interesting with a twist
Published on 9 July 2012 by Par
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the original
I saw the original German-language film "Das Experiment" in the cinema during it's short run in 2001. Do yourself a favour, and pick that up instead. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Jram
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power corrupts - absolutely.
I saw this film without knowing what to expect. I only knew it had two great actors in it (Whitaker and Brody) and Paul Scheurung, the creator of the hit series Prison Break. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Mr D.K Lind
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