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Experiment

3.9 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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A young woman walks the streets of a foreign city - her mind full of pain, no memory of who she is and plagued by nightmarish visions. She meets a man who also has no memory. Forced to trust each other, the two feel a mysterious connection - a strong powerful feeling that bonds the two together. Unknown to them, their every action is being guided by unseen forces from the dark underground shadows of the city. They are part of a frightening experiment, an experiment with terrifying and shocking consequences. There is no escape in this dark psychological thriller.

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Gant, Petr Vanek, Clive Ashborn, Alyshia Westlake, John Hopkins
  • Directors: Dan Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mti Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127IU9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
The Experiment was quite entertaining from start to finish.
It was very satisfying in story ,acting and conclusion.The experiment is where men are paid 1000 dollars a day to supposedly Simulate either a Prisoner or a guard in a maximum security setting,no one knows which they will be until they enter the facility..

Adrien Brody is an uber hottie in my opinion and a great actor he plays an anti violence anti war advocate,but just how long and how much can he take before he changes his way of thinking to an eye for an eye? The stand out was Forest Whitaker as a man given authority as a guard in a make believe world, but in actuality he's s 42 year old man living with his coddling,emasculating mother. He see's this as a way to get back at her by being cruel to those put in a weaker position because he feels weak in her presence.In one shocking scene he pops a woody just after handcuffing and humiliating Brody's character.

Cam Gigandet is evil as another faux guard who in his characters real life lives for sex, drugs and sleep..
He takes a shine to an effeminate faux prisoner and does some very evil things to him..This movie is quite brutal and hard to watch at times,some of the acts that are put upon Brody especially are very humiliating and would be hard for any man to take..
a favorite actor of mine,the much under rated Clifton Collins Jr plays another faux prisoner and tough guy in typical Collins style to the hilt .The climax is a shocking and impactful.All in all a really good film.I would buy it and watch it again.
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Format: Blu-ray
When looking up the new releases here on Amazon, seeing this movie NOT on the few movies listed on the main page was a real mistake in my opinion. I even went to 3 stores looking for this movie and the first 2 had no idea what movie I was requesting and didn't even have it on release day! I saw a trailer for it a few months ago and immediately knew I had to have it.
The basic story is: Volunteers will be paid for an experiment where they are put into a simulated prison experience. Stressfull challenges are then introduced throughout the experiment. If any physical attacks are observed between the guards and prisoners, the experiment will end and no one gets paid. We meet Adrian Brody and Forest Whitaker introducing themselves to one another prior to the experiment and we see that these are 2 very different people but there is a mutual respect forming. We then find out, some volunteers will be guards and some will be prisoners.
Amazing performances by Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Clifton Collins Jr. and many more supporting roles, will have you sitting on the edge of your seat through the whole movie. It is clear, at the beginning, some volunteers are going to be trouble and as the movie moves along, power does corrupt even the best of the men but we feel for them because they are told, "you will not get paid if you do not follow and enforce the rules."
I do NOT agree with Amazon's review that this movie "never quite grabs hold". By the end of the movie, I was almost in tears after watching men who respected each other at the beginning, couldn't even look each other in the eye by the end. There isn't much more to say. The synopsis of the movie pretty much tells you what it is about.
5 stars and a must see.
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Format: DVD
Based loosely on the 1971 Stanford prison experiment.

A "soft" Liberal; a repressed, verbally abused religious
man; a sadist and latent homosexual; a Mexcian Aryan; a
stereotypical geeky artist; and a slew of supporting
characters are all put within the confines of a psuedo
correctional facility for 11 days. Naturally, the promise
of $1,000 a day attracts the money-hungry test subjects
and the pretense of safety makes the offer even more
alluring, naively subjecting themselves to a much harsher
prison.

The subjects are split into two teams: guards and prisoners,
carefully chosen based on psychological profiles. A typical
Hollywood jab as the most cruelest of the guards is the
religious sociopath and the hero of the prisoners a pacifistic
atheist. Most of the "guards" follow suit, expressing their
repression in violent ways towards their "prisoners" and
feeding their need for power.

The actual Stanford test results were shocking as some of the
more abusive guards inflicted physical punishment, sexual
humiliation (even an instance of simulated sodomy), and even
refusing to allow some to urinate or defecate. As with most
movies based on fact, The Experiment closes with a very dramatic
fictional finale (perhaps not too far-fetched had the Stanford
test been allowed to continue).

The pacing is steady at 96 minutes, however, they could have
tacked on 15 minutes of character development before their
incarceration to help along the latter shock of transformation.

The prison setting is dark, unnerving and claustrophobic,
helping to give one the sense of being helpless and
imprisoned among the actors. And it is in this respect that
The Experiment really suceeds. It's fairly memorable, but
nowhere near classic.
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Format: DVD
I really liked this film. I first saw it in the UK. It deserved all the awards it picked up. It's shot in drab colour giving it a Gothic feel,and apparently completely on location in Prague (so adding to the Gothic feel). Good cast, great acting, chilling atmosphere to the piece as the story is as blank as the memories of the two leads who open the story. Slowly everything is understood, but there is a painful twist in the tale. Had me thinking about it for days after. Now I own the DVD. Bit of a cult classic, this. Well worth getting. More drama than the sc-fi box it's been put in, but whatver - it's plain entertaining. Don't know what else Dan Turner is directing, but I hope we get more like this...
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