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I saw the logline for this film in my local movie guide. It sounded intriguing to me. Was rated decently and I'm thriller fan so...
Never got around to see it in the theaters. I'm glad I didn't...
It showed up on my Cox On Demand thing. I've never paid for VOD before but decided to spring for the $6. BAD move! What a fucking horrible movie! There was nothing thrilling about this film. It tried to be funny, but there was nothing funny about it. The characters were caricatures of sitcom characters. If I had seen this in a theater, I would've walked out. Now I just wished I could get my money back.
Last night, I watched The Belko Experiment. It was free. I would gladly have paid 6 bucks to see it.
Interesting! I thought this was one of the better mainstream comedies to come out in some time. I thought it was fun, mostly due to Bateman and McAdams' chemistry. However, I did find the supporting characters to be caricatures as you said.
Some of the "shenanigans" that went on felt a little groan-worthy and I think it should have ended before the final set piece, but hey, I left the theater satisfied for what it was. The jokes could have been better, but one thing I noticed with this movie was that the audience was in uproar for each gag. It never produced an audible laugh from me, however, I did find it interesting to see how well it worked for the target audience.
My biggest grievance with this one though was that they gave up the best part of the premise too early. I thought they should have played around with the characters naivety to what was really happening for much longer. It felt like a comedic gold mine of a premise that they bypassed prematurely. Overall though, I had more fun with it than I thought I would. I think it could have been a real winner if it embraced itself as more of a dark comedy and was handled with a little more indie flair a la Duplass brothers or Todd Berger.
Maybe because I didn't know before hand that it was intended to be comedy. In my bit of coming across it online, all I saw was "thriller". Had I known about the comedy, I would never have paid for it. I didn't even finish it.