THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (2017)










#45 is the brand-new Belko Experiment. About 80 American Belko Industries offifce workers are on the job in their office building (which is in Bogata, Columbia) when suiddenly a voice appears on the PA system statiion that two workers must be killed in 30 minutes. Iron shutters block every window and door and suddenly there is no cell phone service. It's played off as a prank, until after a half-hour, two employees' heads explode (all employees were outfitted with a trackin...g device in their heads in case anyone was kidnapped - they are in Columbia, after all!). Now the voice is telling them that 30 of them need to be killed in two hours or else 60 more heads will be exploded. Tony Goldwyn is the COO who quickly shifts from calming leader to killing force, along with a crazed, bloodthirsty John C. McGinley. John Gallagher Jr. tries to be the voice of reason. Pretty lurid stuff, and the gore gets stronger and stronger until you're immune to it. James Gunn's script had to be inspired by the 2000 Japanese flick Battle Royale, which pitted ninth graders against each other wearing exploding collars (it also set deaths to classical music, as Belko does). The Belko Experiment is out for blood, using its social experiment as a jumping-off point for a gory tongue-in-cheek "romp" depicting office workplace survival to the nth degree! As unreal as this film is, there's also a deadly serious scene where Goldwyn forces everyone into a lobby and begins to earmark the workers chosen for execution. It's absolutely chilling and is one of the few times where the horror in The Belko Experiment really shines through. You need to be made of strong stuff and possess a dark sense of humor to enjoy this film. Straddles the same horror/comedy line as "Get Out," but not always as successfully.

TLA one-word review: carnage