Rent The Experiment (2001)

3.9 of 5 from 106 ratings
1h 55min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , , , , Polat Dal, Danny Richter, Ralf Müller, Markus Rudolf, , Thorsten Dersch, Sven Grefer, , Nicki von Tempelhoff, , , Lars Gärtner, Jacek Klimontko, , Ralph Püttmann
Directors:
Voiced By:
Heiner Lauterbach, Fatih Akin, Christiane Gerboth
Writers:
Mario Giordano
Aka:
Das Experiment
Studio:
Metrodome
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Germany, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/04/2003
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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Reviews (4) of The Experiment

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

Spoiler Alert
03/10/2009

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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Scary, rather good, low budget film - well worth watching - The Experiment review by RP

Spoiler Alert
30/10/2012

Yes, it's in German with subtitles, but don't let that put you off - it's rather good, although clearly a low budget effort.

The film is based on the book 'The Black Box Experiment' by Mario Giordano, itself based on the 1971 so-called Stanford prison experiment (look it up on Wikipedia). The film tells the story of 20 volunteers paid to take part in a psychological research experiment. Divided into 'prisoners' and 'guards', the 'guards' begin to take their role too seriously and the experiment moves from an innocent game, through ritual humiliation, to violence, retribution - and death.

OK, it's a drama - but perhaps a fictional illustration that power corrupts. And lest we forget, similar events happen in real life. The events at Abu Ghraib prison, anyone?

The two central characters are a taxi driver Tarek Fahd (who is given a somewhat weak back story and a girlfriend) and the 'guard' named Berus - they antagonise each other and clearly things are going to go too far. How far is quite scary - for a low budget film it is really well done.

There are a few loose ends, a few noticeable continuity errors, and the subtitles are in American rather than English and my German tells me that the translation is a bit uneven. But it's well worth watching. I also note that there has been a 2010 US remake with the Forest Whitaker, but I haven't seen that one.

The director is Olivier Hirschbiegel who went on to make the excellent 'Downfall' about the last days of Hitler, yet another excellent film.

I can recommend 'The Experiment' and rate it as 4/5 stars.

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