5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good film but a harrowing one,
This review is from: Das Experiment [DVD]  (DVD)
This film is based on a true story, the Stanford Prison Experiment, which shows the inhuman behaviour of which ordinary humans are capable of under certain conditions. The film as dramatic fiction does go beyond SPE, but it illustrates the same phenomenon, which we have seen in real life in Abu Ghraib. It illustrates the truth of the ancient Roman saying 'Who guards the guardians?' Without adequate leadership and guidance, instead of prisoners being treated humanely, as they should be, the use of power is liable to get out of hand.
Although fiction, it seems to me that this film may well be worthwhile watching for anyone involved in justice systems or interested in prison reform. It will also provide strong dramatic entertainment. But certainly unsuitable for any minor.