California Dreamin’ indeed….
In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Australian director Greg McLean holds the reigns for this B Grade horror hurrah ‘The Belko Experiment’ which is by far a superior follow up from his last muddle of a film ‘The Darkness’. Penned by James Gunn, Belko is nothing more than just pure genre fun with an impressive amount of blood spray.
There is a great ensemble of cast members here. The standouts being John Gallagher Jr, who is fast becoming a genre favourite after memorable appearances in 10 Cloverfield Lane and Hush. Tony Goldwyn, who again finds himself playing the prick of the bunch shines brightly too. There’s a mix of eclectic characters that keep things interesting once the mayhem ensues. The idea of Belko isn’t exactly new, but it is definitely a fun one and with the added humour element the film moves at a fast enticing pace of blood splattered pandemonium.
Belko is bent on being lurid, why it didn’t utilize on the inventiveness of death by office supplies is a complete mystery. Where was the stapler to a face?! Stabbings with a HB pencil? Hell, don’t show me an overextended scene of two characters playing with an ant farm and not bring that back! Clearly, I was quickly enthused with the possibilities. The unfortunate heavy reliance on guns was a little disappointing, however there is an expertly crafted killing spree matched with California Dreamin’ which is maybe the greatest thing I’ve seen this year.
Belko is razor sharp. Perhaps a little too gun heavy, but otherwise an appropriately, gleefully, wave of carnage that should be enjoyed for all its flaws and perfections.
“Your chance of survival increases by following my orders”