The Belko Experiment (18)



Horror (2016)
89mins US

Starring: Melonie Diaz, Tony Goldwyn, John Gallagher Jr, Adria Arjona
Director: Greg McLean
Writer(s): James Gunn
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Staff arrive at the gates of Belko Industries to find new gun-toting security guards checking IDs. Late morning, an intercom crackles to life and a menacing voice demands the sacrifice of two of the 80 people in the building within 30 minutes. Chief operating officer Barry Norris soothes frayed nerves, convinced someone is playing a sick joke, but it's no laughing matter when metal shutters encase the building to prevent escape.

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The Belko Experiment (18)

Staff cuts and corporate headhunting are embraced with bloodthirsty and literal glee in The Belko Experiment. Set predominantly within an office building in Bogota, Colombia, Greg McLean's lurid horror doesn't skimp on the splatter as craniums explode in stomach-churning close-up to an amusingly kitsch soundtrack including Latin versions of I Will Survive and California Dreamin'. Those tongue-in-cheek, retro music cues are just what you would expect from screenwriter James Gunn, creative dynamo behind the riotous comic book romp Guardians Of The Galaxy and its forthcoming sequel. The relentless carnage and nihilism are not, including one balletic sequence of barbarism orchestrated to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1...

The Belko Experiment. Copyright: Vertigo Releasing. Caption: Owain Yeoman, Tony Goldwyn and John C McGinley star in The Belko Experiment, directed by Greg McLean. Photo: Hector Alvarez Amaya. All Rights Reserved.Buried deep within all of the brain matter and glistening entrails is a half-baked satire about dog-eat-dog workplace culture, but like most of the protagonists, McLean's picture hankers for an orgy of dismemberment rather than an intelligent conversation about corporate greed. The light in the darkness is John Gallagher Jr's endearing performance as an egalitarian middle manager, who advocates open discussion not warfare. His sweetness cuts through the acridity of McLean's unquenchable desire to shoot and disembowel anything with a pulse.

Staff arrive at the gates of Belko Industries - motto: "Business without boundaries" - to find new gun-toting security guards checking IDs. Colombians are sent home while American employees are ushered into the office. Late morning, an intercom crackles to life and a menacing voice (Gregg Henry) demands the sacrifice of two of the 80 people in the building within 30 minutes. Chief operating officer Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) soothes frayed nerves, convinced someone is playing a sick joke, but it's no laughing matter when metal shutters encase the building to prevent escape. Thirty minutes later, four people perish as a grisly penalty for disobeying orders. The mysterious voice demands a further efficiency drive - 30 innocent lives within two hours - and lights the fuse on an emotional powder keg of paranoia and mistrust. Systems manager Mike Milch (Gallagher Jr) urges solidarity, flanked by lone security guard Evan (James Earl) and head of maintenance Bud Melks (Michael Rooker). However, senior staff defer to brutal survivalist instincts. "We have to be bold here, this isn't the time for timidity," COO Barry urges fellow executives Wendell Dukes (John C McGinley) and Terry Winters (Owain Yeoman), his personal assistant Leandra (Adria Arjona) and head of human resources Vince Agostino (Brent Sexton).

The Belko Experiment revels in the torture and suffering of a poorly served cast. Gunn knows how to stage an orgiastic bloodbath, but it's hard to raise emotional investment in the thinly sketched characters apart from Mike. Repetitive rapid-fire death sequences become tiresome, and a ham-fisted coda, which attempts to justify the carnage as a social experiment in human behaviour unfettered by social norms, merely tees up a sequel.

- Jo Planter

The Belko Experiment. Copyright: Vertigo Releasing. Caption: Owain Yeoman, Tony Goldwyn and John C McGinley star in The Belko Experiment, directed by Greg McLean. Photo: Hector Alvarez Amaya. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 28th April
To Thursday 4th May

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Komedia
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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