This remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s (Der Untergang, The Invasion) Das Experiment (2001) really captures the claustrophobia and psychological pressure suffered by the participants in an artificial prison experiment. When 26 mentally stable men are introduced to their roles as prisoners and prison guards their behavior eventually evolves in a very disturbing way. Starting off as perfectly normal humans, the presence of strict authority affects them very directly and turns them into violent and aggressive guards and prisoners. The roles they were about to play suddenly become real. Paul Scheuring’s background as creator and writer of several episodes of Prison Break makes him ideal for directing The Experiment. Though set in a much smaller time frame, he really manages to create some interesting psychological portraits with astonishing depth. Brilliant acting by lead actors Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker makes this feature film even more interesting.

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Title
The Experiment
Director
Paul Scheuring
Country
USA
Length
96 min
Festival
2010
Section
Open Zone
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2010
Original title
The Experiment
Cast
Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Travis Fimmel, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins Jr., Maggie Grace
Producer
Marty Adelstein, Jeanette Buerling, Bill Johnson, Maggie Monteith, Scott Nemes, Dawn Parouse, Paul S
Script
Paul Scheuring, Mario Giordano
Music
Graeme Revell

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