Rent The Experiment (2001)

3.9 of 5 from 107 ratings
1h 55min
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It began as a game in the name of science. Twenty men (eight 'guards' and twelve 'prisoners') in an intense two week investigation into aggressive behaviour in a simulated prison environment. It soon became a quest to survive... Based on a real life psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's debut feature is a resonant, hard-hitting look at the abuse of power and the corruption of authority. Masterfully shot with the use of hidden cameras, the film builds to a bloody and thrilling climax.
Nominated as the German contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 'Das Experiment' features a no holds barred performance by Moritz Bleibtreu as Tarek, a heroic undercover journalist who stands up against the brutalities inflicted by the would-be guards.
, , , , , Polat Dal, , Ralf Müller, Markus Rudolf, , Thorsten Dersch, Sven Grefer, , Nicki von Tempelhoff, , , Lars Gärtner, Jacek Klimontko, , Ralph Püttmann
Voiced By:
Heiner Lauterbach, Fatih Akin, Christiane Gerboth
Mario Giordano
Das Experiment
Drama, Thrillers
Germany, Drama, Thrillers
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Run Time:
115 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Reviews (4) of The Experiment

Brilliantly shocking - The Experiment review by CP Customer

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A superb and shocking piece of cinema about a psychological experiment which goes catastophically wrong. A number of men are selected for the experiment which involves some being prisoners and some guards. As the power goes to the heads of the guards, things get out of control as they try to demean their charges by imposing cruel punishments and changing the rules. An edge of the seat drama in which it seems there can be only one tragic outcome.

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Stanford Experiment German Style - The Experiment review by CP Customer

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Oliver Hirschbeigel is a hugely promising director, with several hard hitting films already to his credit. This is another. This low budget German film makes up for what it lacks in budget with intense performances and claustrophobic sets. The whole experiment rages out of control with extreme consequences for those involved. Very memorable and a good reason not to volunteer for such projects!

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Good but a bit too much - The Experiment review by JD

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I remember this psychological experiment and was part of the reason for requesting the DVD. The actual result is shocking enough without having to exaggerate so wildly. It is very gripping and all the actors are remarkably good (the Germans have a glut of good actors I wish they spoke English). Very good to the point that it was decided to invent a bit more. This time should have been spent on analysis of the realisation of the vulnerability of the human mind.

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