One day 80 Americans working at an isolated office building in Columbia are trapped in the structure. All the windows and doors seal with unbreakable metal plates and outside communication disrupted. Then, a voice comes over the loud speaker, telling them that if someone isn't killed within the next half hour there will be repercussions. At first no one believes this-but when several people are killed they start freaking out. You see, when all these employees were hired a chip was implanted in the back of their heads (in case they were kidnapped) but this is really a bomb. A few people try to go to the roof and hang but are fired upon by soldiers in a nearby building. Then, the next demand is made. Now, thirty people need to be killed within a few hours. A few people embrace this, like the CEO (Tony Goldwin), who gathers a few guys and obtains some guns from the guard. Others, like main protagonists Mike and Leandra, don't except this, at first, and refuse to kill. Of course, it's these two who are able to make it through most of the movie. There's also some over-the-top characters, like John C McGinley's Wendell Dukes, a psychotic waiting to happen, and Marty (Sean Gunn), a geek who can't believe this is happening. And Michael Rooker's "Bud" is a surprise, both in how he acts and what happens to him.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT reminds me of a 70's horror movie, very direct with no sense of humor, which is a good thing considering how horrible the situation is. Halfway through you really believe this entire situation is plausible. BELKO is not easy to watch, sort of like a SAW film. This is one of the better horror films of the past few years. Written by James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY).