Starring: John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, Sean Gunn, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker.
Plot: The employees of Belko Industries in Bogotá, Columbia turn up for what they believe is going to be another day at the grindstone, that is until events take a very sinister turn that see’s them fighting for their lives.
I saw the trailer for The Belko Experiment nestled in with a bunch of others on one of my many trips to the cinema when on the screen ‘Written by James Gunn’ appeared. Almost immediately, my interest was piqued. Featuring Gunn regulars, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and composer Tyler Bate, I was already willing to give this film a whirl based on that pedigree alone.
Let me start by saying, The Belko Experiment isn’t groundbreaking, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before and a fair amount of people are probably going to dismiss it as generic crap. I however, quite enjoyed it. The story is engaging for the duration, thanks in no small measure to the imagination of James Gunn in penning it and keeping the dialogue witty and humorous to counter the quite considerable amount of violence onscreen, some wonderful allegorical subversion that office workers may enjoy is employed effectively. The film is also aided by an able cast in the likes of John Gallagher Jr, Adria Arjona and Tony Goldwyn & John C. Ginley on villain duties, also in no small measure by the inclusion of Gunn’s regular collaborators in the shape of his brother Sean, a welcome measure of comic relief and deftly delivered dialogue and a small part for the ever wonderful Michael Rooker, a man with a talent of never being front and centre in a picture but always being one of its better facets merely by his screen presence.
It’s not all good, there are some pacing issues in the final 3rd where the story starts to wade in the mire of blood and body parts, however if you go in with an open mind & don’t expect too much from it, you may just find some enjoyment in this Battle Royale amongst the cubicles.