The Belko Experiment (2016)
Director: Greg McLean
Writer: James Gunn
Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Sean Gunn, David Dastmalchian, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, and Abraham Benrubi.
Tagline: This Is Not A Drill
Belko Industries is situated in a remote building on the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia. It hires people from all over the world to work for them. On for the first day of work an implant is placed in the base of a new employee’s neck in case something happens to them.
One day when Mike (Gallagher) arrives at work, he notices a new squad of security guards telling the Bogotá staff to go home. Mike thinks little of it and checks in. A short time later a voice comes over the intercom. It instructs everyone to stop and listen. They are told that unless two employees are killed within 30 minutes, more will die. Suddenly steel shutters come down on all windows and doors sealing everyone in the building.
Reactions vary, but most believe it to be a terrible prank. When 30 minutes pass and no one is killed the voice returns to the intercom. It announces since the group did not comply, instead of two people dying, four will. Four employees are killed when the implants in their heads detonate. The voice then says that unless thirty employees are dead within two hours sixty will die.
All hell breaks loose.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
James Gunn of The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Suicide Squad, and Peacemaker fame wrote the screenplay with the intention of directing it. When the film was ready for production, Gunn was going through a divorce and passed on directing. Still, several actors who regularly appear in Gunn’s films were cast including Sean Gunn (his brother), Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry and Stephen Blackehart.
I loved the concept, but felt that we didn’t get to know any of the characters. I would have preferred to care/know more about who lived and died with less emphasis on gore.
The Belko Experiment (2016) rates 2 of 5 stars.