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James Gunn's 'The Belko Experiment' Is Basically a Corporate 'Purge' and If That Doesn't Sound Awesome Then I Don't Understand You

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | December 1, 2016 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | December 1, 2016 |


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A new trailer dropped today from the writer of Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Slither and Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment is a horror/thriller/probably comedy and it looks amaaaaazing.

First of all, this cast. I should just sum this up with a solid “everybody,” but if you need to know who’s in it, Tony Goldwyn (aka President Fitz), John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, Newsroom’s John Gallagher Jr., and Sean Gunn (Kirk!) are a good start.

The movie looks to be somewhere between The Purge and that “blow up the other ferry” scene from The Dark Knight. There are also some High-Rise notes, but maybe only the more tolerable ones, just the mildly elite, confined corporate tower bits.

Here’s the synopsis:

In a dark social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Hopefully there proves to be a reason for the Americans stranded in South America bit (beyond the laking trope of oh boy, isn’t the rest of the world dangerous and scary and hateful), but as is, the modern psychological horror theme of having to kill or risk being killed is always terrifying. The group must kill three of their own or have six killed; then they have to kill 30 or 60 are killed. The idea of self preservation vs. an internal morality is… timely, no?

James Gunn wrote the movie, directed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean. And just in case your brain is as easily confused and out of storage space as mine, apparently Wolf Creek and Wolf Hall are different. That would probably be a disappointing mistake for you.


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