Experiment, The

2010 – 96 minutes.

The thriller The Experiment follows 26 men who have been recruited to participate in a psychological study, in which they are attributed the role of either prison guards or prisoners. Remake of the German psychological thriller Das Experiment (2001) about power strategies and group pressure, starring Oscar laureate Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker.

The men are locked up in a fake prison for two weeks. The prisoners’ task is to abide by the lenient rules, whereas the guards have to keep law and order without resorting to violence. Everyone is free to quit the experiment at any time, but in that case the other participants will not receive the promised fee. At first, everything seems to work out just fine, but gradually the relationship between both groups becomes tense to the extreme.
Just like its German predecessor The Experiment is based on the 1971 ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’, in which students were confined in a room as guards and prisoners.

The Experiment will be screened in Dutch movie theatres as of 31 March. 

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Themes
Crime
Content rating
16
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
Director
Paul Scheuring
Country
United States
Type
Fiction
Duration
96 minutes
Year
2010