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The Belko Experiment

Rated R 88 minutes 2017

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There’s a lot of gore but not much in the way of the satire promised by the premise, which sounds like Saw meets Office Space: 80 employees are locked into a Belko (“Business Without Boundaries”) building one morning, and informed via the intercom they need to start killing one another. And that’s pretty much it: This is a one-note scenario that never ups the ante on itself, and never bothers to use its extreme situation to send up office politics or corporate policies. We never know what any of these workers are to one another, beyond the putative hero, Mike (John Gallagher Jr.), the one guy who doesn’t instantly leap to murder, and his romantic relationship with Leandra (Adria Arjona), and even that is woefully underdeveloped. We never get any sense of office hierarchy prior to the moment when COO Barry (Tony Goldwyn) decides it's up to him to choose who lives and who dies. Written by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and directed by Greg McLean of Wolf Creek fame, this is as empty an exercise as any workplace team-building nonsense, without even seeming to realize it.

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Director: Greg McLean

Producer: James Gunn and Peter Safran

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John McGinley, Josh Brener, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Melonie Diaz, Abraham Benrubi, David Dastmalchian, Owain Yeoman, Brent Sexton, Mikaela Hoover, Rusty Schwimmer, David Del Rio, James Earl, Maruia Shelton, Gail Bean, Joe Fria, Stephen Blackehart, Benjamin Davis and Valentine Miele

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