12 Critical Responses To 2017 Films That Make No Sense

12. The Belko Experiment


The Film:

80 Americans working at an office block in rural Colombia are trapped inside and forced to kill each other. Think The Hunger Games/Battle Royale with suits.

The Response:

Mixed but largely indifferent. It was hard to even find a showing of the film, so it came and went with little fanfare.

Why They Got It Wrong:

The Belko Experiment is admittedly no great movie. It takes itself far too seriously and doesn't take advantage of the premise's potential to work as social commentary or a dark satire. However, this is definitely better than many other modern horror films and deserves more respect.

This is a suspenseful, genuinely jolting thriller with slick direction from Australian horror maestro Greg McLean and surprisingly good acting for a horror movie. The film's sadistic, vicious violence will rattle everyone, while the ludicrous amounts of gore will leave even the most desensitized viewers feeling a little queasy. That's a far bigger effect than many modern horror films with far more exposure will have on anyone.

Extra points for the terrific and darkly ironical use of music throughout the film. There's no doubt this is an absolutely solid genre film with plenty of shocks, and most will find it pretty watchable. Want to know what the insides of people's heads look like? This film is for you.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.