Cast: Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins Jr., Ethan Cohn, Fisher Stevens, Travis Fimmel, Lavell “David Banner” Crump, Jason Lew, Damien Leake, and Maggie Grace
Written By: Paul T. Scheuring (screenplay), Mario Giordano (novel)
Directed By: Paul T. Scheuring
Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Release Date: July 15, 2010 (South Korea), September 21, 2010 (U.S.)
MPAA Rating: R
A group of men, all in need of money for various reasons, sign up for a psychological experiment that pays $14,000 (if they make it the entire two weeks). Half of them are assigned the role of prisoners, the other half, guards. They are given a few rules, and then essentially abandoned by the people running the experiment.
Power changes people. That’s about all I can tell you about the plot without spoiling too much.
Adrien’s Role: Travis Lee
Travis is laid off from his job at an elder care facility. He has also started a relationship with a woman named Bay (Maggie Grace), who invites him on a trip to India. He spots the experiment in a newspaper, and it seems like the answer to his money woes.
Travis is assigned the role of prisoner during the experiment, and is soon fighting for the rights of the detainees. He endures a lot of backlash, to say the least.
Sadly, this is the type of movie where almost anything I say will give away plot points. What I’ll say is, Travis basically goes through Hell.
I’ll level with you: this movie is hard to watch. Seeing the mistreatment, and the gross conditions, is enough to turn your stomach.
However, the performances are good (especially those of Brody and Whitaker), and the story is compelling.
If you can handle it, give it a watch.
Movie in General: 6/10
Brody Performance: 8/10