by Vincent "Vinsanity" Williams @TheVinsaneOne
Apparently, the script for the Greg McLean-directed The Belko Experiment was written in a week. That has to explain why this movie was like most of the mail I get. Trash.
Oddly enough, the non-profit outfit Belko Industries, which helps international companies hire Americans, has an office building located in a desolate area of Colombia. Most of the employees upon hiring are given a company car, an apartment and (*dramatic music* duh duh duh) a surgically implanted tracking device in case someone “gets kidnapped”. On one fateful morning, the local staffers (or ones without the tracking devices) are turned away from the building. Large metal shutters are cast over all windows and doors and the movie becomes The Purge in an office setting. A voice over the intercom instructs the employees to kill one another or have the explosive tracking devices detonate inside them. Mike (played by John Gallagher Jr.) is the last man standing in a rushed, poorly-written and poorly-acted film.
Someone could give me the option to pay me to watch this movie again or listen to an entire Gucci Mane album, I would take the latter. Here is the only interesting thing about the movie: it emphasizes that in life only the strong survive. Gallagher Jr’s character was by far the most willing and ambitious in the movie. Even through great moral conflict, he does what he has to do to survive. I am obviously not condoning killing others to get to the top, but we, too, must do what is legally necessary to make it in this life. Are we going to isolate ourselves at times? Yep. Will we lose friends along the way? I sure have, but such is the price for success in America.
As for the movie, wait for it to come out on Netflix. As for the message in the movie, Mobb Deep once said “Only the strong survive. It’s survival of the fittest”.
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