The new trailer for The Experiment promises to eat the weak or at least release some battery acid into your bloodstream with tension and social commentary.
History and Psychology buffs will recognize the story as The Stanford Prison Experiment which saw volunteers divided into two groups to see how normal people would respond when given power over others or seeing their rights taken away. Such a fantastic premise for a film – and adding Academy favorites Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker to the bill is a masterstroke – so why is it going straight to DVD again?
I’ll go ahead and blame the fact that it’s not in 3D or a remake of an 80s film, but judging by the trailer, this is exactly the kind of movie that demands to be in theaters:
Let me get this straight. The guy who played Idi Amin is playing a power-hungry villain with a violent streak and the guy from The Jacket is playing a tortured prisoner who fights back?
Can theaters not find room for two Academy Award winners? How long will it be before Brody ends up in an Asylum film? Is it in Whitaker’s contract that he has sweat profusely in every movie he’s in? Will Maggie Grace run like a duck some more?
I guess we should count blessings. At least it’s not on a shelf somewhere locked away completely.
The Paul Scheuring-directed film starring Brody, Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins Jr, and Fisher Stevens is available on DVD September 21st.
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