The Experimant (2010) Review
Written by: thefinalsolution
In this remake of the German film Das Experiment - which was itself inspired by true events at Stanford Prison in 1971- a group of men are divided into guards and prisoners in a role play scenario that gets out of hand. Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker play the faux prisoner and guard who find themselves taking their parts too seriously.The Experiment (2010) centres on a group of men who sign up for a behavioural experiment for two weeks of isolation where they are ensured that they will be safe, however some will be deprived of civil rights for the duration of the experiment.
When the experiment begins, the participants are chosen to be either guards or prisoners. The guards are given a set of rules that they must obey (no physical violence) and enforce (prisoners must eat all their food, only speak when spoken to, and so forth). Right out of the gate, some of the guards seem to be taking their roles a bit too seriously, but since it's a controlled environment with everything being monitored, no one seems to mind too much.
But by the end of the first day, tensions have already started to rise, and some of the participants—both prisoners and guards—have started to change. The most disturbing: Mild-mannered Michael Barris (Whitaker) a "guard," who begins asserting himself in unexpected and dangerous ways.
Writer and Director Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) has made an effective, well-shot, thriller. Oscar-Winners Adrian Brody and Forest Whitaker are terrific in the movie, alternating between sympathetic and menacing with ease. Cam Gigandet and Travis Fimmel offer scene-stealing performances as the brutal guards.
"The Experiment" provides food for thought and great entertainment. It demands that you place yourself in the position of the experiment's participants, and ask yourself what you would do?