Das Experiment details
|Starring:||Oliver Stokowski, Friedrich Wildfever, Christian Berkel|
|Genres:||Thriller, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Apr 2003|
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A Fascinating and Disturbing FilmBy kas30 from Merseyside , 23 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Based on a real psychological experiment at Stanford University in 1971, using a group of male students, the mood of this film captures the sense of disorientation and loss of reality that was experienced by the original volunteers. Acts of humiliation present a violent and effective method for stripping individuality and asserting power over prisoners. The psychological transformations into masochistic and submissive roles are fascinating when you consider that that the only real distinguishable difference between the characters, is that by a random selection process, some are labelled wardens and others are labelled prisoners. The levels of violence, brutality and humiliation in the film seem extreme but in the original experiment, humiliation tactics were also extreme prisoners were also made to wear chains round their ankles and stockings on their heads at all times! The films conclusion is carefully constructed and appears to bear an implicit reference to the real prison riot of San Quentin (which occurred the day after the Stanford experiment was prematurely halted), in which guards and informant prisoners were tortured and murdered during the prisoners escape attempt. This film is a sensitive study into power relationships within an altered reality and is masterfully crafted to build tension and invite the viewer to question the characters morality and ethical codes. Far more relevant and interesting than the bland reality TV shows we are plagued by these days highly recommended!
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Good-but disturbing!By GofWarks (60 reviews) from Radford Semele , 23 Dec 2012A good, but deeply disturbing film! You can see how the most normal of people can do bad things under the right circumstances.
Das Experiment - a chillingly bleak view of masculinityBy dannyjarvis (1 review) , 06 Jun 2012Similar to it's core inspiration of the Stanford experiments and works by authors such as Saramago, this is a dark and bleak look at how quickly humanity can take to prescribed roles and how quickly those who would consider themselves civilised can descend into barbarism under the leadership of just a few id-led individuals.
Excellent FilmBy a customer , 07 Apr 2012This is truly a pyschological thriller. Good story, acting and slick atmosphere make this one of the best films I have watched in a while. It slowly takes off, but its one of those where you are really rooting for the good guys when it reaches its climax.
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Flawed, but gripping stuffBy a customer , 22 Mar 2012This is not a dramatised documentary, even though it's heavily based on the famous Stanford Experiment. Nevertheless it's still gripping stuff, but with added violence.
Sadly the female characters are a bit pointless and ineffective, so the story is missing a good chance to do more than throw some macho behaviour into sharp relief and to provide a regular excuse for flashbacks to the outside world.
The plot is a bit tortuous in places, and the technical execution is far from perfect.
But it's still a fabulous story, with seething inhumanity ready to break out from the unlikeliest of places - you and me. It's all the more scary because it's so true.
Brilliant one you cant missBy Winstonator (7 reviews) , 17 Feb 2012I could not fault one thing with this film.
If you like movies like The Lives of Others and The Orphanage then you will love this film.
This was the original film that USA copied as The Experiment. This German original version is just so good that i dont want to bother watching the USA one.