THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

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

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT (2015)


All right, that was long enough without a review. 2015's The Stanford Prison Experiment is #133 and this is a harrowing, claustrophobic, unsettling true story. In 1971 a Stanford University psychology professor (Billy Crudup) decides to conduct an experiment. He selects and will pay a number of male college students to participate and splits them into guards and prisoners to conduct a two-week experiment regarding the losing of individuality, with classrooms being converted into cells and the hallway becoming the "yard". But what happens within hours is that the students playing the guards get way way into it and terrorize their prisoners. Prisoners are known by numbers, not names, punished and tossed into "the hole" (a dark closet). And more is revealed about human behavior and authority than anyone bargained for. Ezra Miller leads a strong young cast in this well-done and uncomfortable film. Available in Redbox.

TLA one-word review: grueling