This Friday, The Belko Experiment from director Greg McLean and writer James Gunn heads into theaters. We've seen the movie, and are here to run down everything you need to know heading into the corporate bloodbath.
The film centers on 80 American employees in an office building in Bogota, Colombia, who are locked inside their office and forced to battle one another to the death by a mysterious voice coming from teh building's public address system.
It's an ensemble movie, and while there's one character who emerges quickly as the "main" main character -- Mike Milch, played by John Gallagher, Jr. -- there are a handful of others who play big roles and most of them are, at least at first, not bad guys.
In this story, we'll run you through some of the high points of the movie that you won't get in standard marketing materials, and give you fair warning about just how intense and gruesome it gets from time to time.
It at first seems to be an ordinary morning on the job for a group of Americans working for a not-for-profit in a modern office building in Colombia. After noticing that their Colombian colleagues have not arrived for work, office worker Mike (John Gallagher, Jr.) spots some unfamiliar security guards entering a large hangar nearby. Moments later, an icy voice comes over the building's PA system and calmly explains that the employees must kill a certain number of their co-workers — if not, they will be killed themselves. While the boss (Tony Goldwyn) tries to calm the troops, Mike belatedly realizes that something truly sinister is going on — and when metal doors come sliding down on all the building's exits and windows, it becomes clear that friends and colleagues are now suddenly enemies in a bloody and brutal battle to the death.
The cast also includes Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station).
The film was directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written and produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle).
The Belko Experiment comes out March 17.