Friday, July 8, 2016

Das Experiment (2001)

Senator Film (German)
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Columbia TriStar)

Volunteers are recruited for a controlled prison experiment in a medical school. Some are given uniforms while the rest are given smocks and locked up three to a cell. One young man taunts a guard he doesn't particularly like and their personal feud soon spills over to the others. The violence escalates in a matter of days to torture, kidnapping, rape and eventually murder. Interesting if decidedly unpleasant experience, incorporating techniques such as hidden cameras and security footage which give it a now-cliche reality tv feel.

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