James Wan

Office politics are beaten to a bloody pulp in corporate horror film 'The Belko Experiment'

Office politics are beaten to a bloody pulp in corporate horror film 'The Belko Experiment'

A pull-quote on a poster announces that “The Belko Experiment” is “ 'Office Space' meets ‘Battle Royale.’ ” That's not praise so much as a declaration of fact. Since “Battle Royale,” the 2000 Japanese film about teens forced to kill each other in a government-sanctioned murder game, there has been many a riff on that cult classic — “The Condemned,” “The Tournament,” and most notably, and similarly, “The Hunger Games.”

It's a story format with which we've become familiar: Unwitting civilians are placed in a controlled environment where they are compelled by a Big Brother type to kill or be killed. The variable is always the “why.”

In “The Belko Experiment,” the why turns out to...

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