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Experiment [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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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.Read more ›
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.
Total waste of money, if you wish to see this film then BUY THE GERMAN VERSION!!!!!
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.Read more ›
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Could have been a good film, but just 2 minute's research could have saved it. A major plotline - a diabetic who "will die without his insulin", regardless of what he eats... Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. Williams
I haven't seen the original that this is based on, so can not comment on comparisons, nor do I know much about the real version of this experiment that was carried out in the 70s. Read morePublished 16 months ago by raven_guest
I'm a Psychology teacher, so was interested in this film as it's a retelling of Zimbardo's famous Prison Experiment... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nicola Robinson
Very good film, with a good storyline. However, felt it could have lasted longer, with more detail about what happened afterwards to each character - the ending was abrupt, and a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Emma