Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Das Experiment is based on Philip Zimbardo’s real life Stanford prison experiment of 1971, where 20 volunteers imitate guards and prisoners, who are being observed by a team of scientists. The film stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Justus von Dohnányi, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski and Andrea Sawatzki.
Das Experiment, for me, was a pretty good film, well acted and a plot that engaged me from the start. The film is billed as a Thriller movie, but it felt like a lot more Action than Thriller. The German language movie is a great insight into the role of power through the prison guard characters, with the guards exhibiting behaviour you’d come to expect if a normal member of society was given that kind of power. Gripping at times, along with some brutality, but overall, Das Experiment gave me more than I was expecting. Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this feature.
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