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Experiment [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

3.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VEL9E8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,568 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
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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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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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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'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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