The Experiment

Overview

Das Experiment screenwriter Mario Giordano works with writer/director Paul Scheuring to craft this remake based on the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment. A team of scientists are conducting a psychological experiment that requires the participation of 20 subjects. The rules are simple: one group of subjects will be assigned the role of prison guards, while the others will be assigned the role of inmates. Though the guards are specifically instructed to maintain order without the use of force, no one is ...
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Overview

Das Experiment screenwriter Mario Giordano works with writer/director Paul Scheuring to craft this remake based on the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment. A team of scientists are conducting a psychological experiment that requires the participation of 20 subjects. The rules are simple: one group of subjects will be assigned the role of prison guards, while the others will be assigned the role of inmates. Though the guards are specifically instructed to maintain order without the use of force, no one is prepared for what happens when mutiny erupts, and civility erodes.
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Editorial Reviews

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History's boldest experiments have been those that pushed the ethical envelope. The experiment depicted in The Experiment fits that description, but the film itself can't claim the same boldness, pulling its punches in the third act and thereby greatly diminishing its impact. Paul Scheuring's American remake of Das Experiment proposes an interesting scenario: What would happen if you divided a group of ordinary men into prisoners and guards, and forced them to explore that power dynamic in an empty prison over the course of two weeks? By threatening to withhold the $14,000 participation fee unless they adhere to certain rules and conditions designed to spark conflict, the experimenters ensure that their guinea pigs won't just pass the time playing cards. What does happen is a simultaneously logical and sensational outgrowth of the circumstances, as practicality and fairness clash with pride and greed. However, one of the film's greatest strengths -- Forest Whitaker -- also personifies one of its most troubling weaknesses. On strictly the level of performance, Whitaker exudes a gonzo brilliance; the glint of madness in his eye manifests itself in some great abuse-of-power theatrics. It's the abruptness of his transformation that's problematic, even if Whitaker makes that transformation terrifically compelling. What appears to be a caring and decent man is twisted too quickly into someone who's neither, as his budding friendship with the film's other lead, Adrien Brody, gets bastardized into mutual antipathy with an alarming speed. Even if that's the point, it comes across as extreme, and some of the nasty developments that follow don't seem earned. Having decided to go down these dark alleys, though, The Experiment undercuts itself by jumping back into the sunlight, right when it should be seeing its ideas through to the bitter end. In this way, an otherwise engaging Experiment goes awry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • UPC: 043396359901
  • Original Release: 2010
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: AB
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 63,986

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrien Brody Travis
Forest Whitaker Barris
Cam Gigandet Chase
Clifton Collins Jr. Nix
Maggie Grace Bay
Fisher Stevens Archaletta
Travis Fimmel Helweg
Ethan Cohn Benjy
David Banner Bosch
Damien Leake Governor
Rod Maiorano Rex
Jason Lew Oscar
Rachel O'Meara The Administrator
Technical Credits
Paul Scheuring Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Marty Adelstein Producer
Matty Beckerman Executive Producer
Jeanette Buerling Producer
Peter S. Elliott Editor
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Bill Johnson Producer
John Michaels Executive Producer
Maggie Monteith Producer
Scott Nemes Producer
Dawn Parouse Producer
Al-Saadi Qadhafi Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Jim Seibel Executive Producer
Tracee Stanley Executive Producer
Amelia Vincent Cinematographer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting
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