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First Look: Adrien Brody & Forest Whitaker in The Experiment

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November 5, 2009
Source: Bloody-Disgusting

The Experiment First Look

Haven't heard of The Experiment? Don't worry, there are always plenty of great indies you've never heard of! Our friends at Bloody-Disgusting got their hands on a few new photos from The Experiment at AFM. The film, which is a remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel's Das Experiment, is about a group of ordinary people who are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that examines how the effects of assigned roles, power, and control affect the participants. Obviously it spins out of control. Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Elijah Wood, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins Jr. and Maggie Grace all star in this.

Adrien Brody in The Experiment

Forest Whitaker in The Experiment

Cam Gigandet in The Experiment

I love these types of films. I'm already reminded of The Killing Room, which is another great "experiment" film, and I need to watch the original Das Experiment before this as well. There's also another German film called The Wave that played at a few festivals that I missed. These photos are all that is needed to sell me on this. Brody and Whitaker look awesome, Gigandet looks terrible as usual, but I think I'll get passed that. Now I just want to see what Maggie Grace looks like. Is she the only one without tattoos participating in this crazy experiment? The Experiment is both written and directed by Paul Scheuring ("Prison Break" writer).

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

Whitaker lost some weight, good to see him doing something again

OCP on Nov 5, 2009

2

So in reality, this is based on the 'Stanford Prison Experiment' in 1971: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment

Alehkhs on Nov 5, 2009

3

OCP he's in Where The Wild Things Are as Ira. #2 it is based on it, the study was conducted in Stanford and yielded some disturbing effects.

xerxex on Nov 5, 2009

4

Owned and been a fan of the original for some years now. although i really like most of the cast, i cant help but feel like hollywood will mess this little gem up.

scotty on Nov 5, 2009

5

#4 they did.

Killaklown on Nov 5, 2009

6

Looks like a great film, but Elijah Wood dropped from this before it began shooting.

Owen on Nov 6, 2009

7

#2, the german original is based on the stanford experiment, this movie is based on the german one.

albino on Nov 6, 2009

8

Nice! This was filmed in our very own Des Moines, IA, before our film incentives program went down the toilet. If you get any pics for Janie Jones, please post, I was in that one.

Sweeney Mike on Nov 6, 2009

9

Very interesting to see screen shots from this movie. I live in Des Moines as well. I have several friends who bumped in to either Adrien Brody or Forest Whitaker as they hung around local bars and resturants during filming. They were very accessible and friendly. They took an interest in the community.

Tom Brazelton on Nov 6, 2009

10

I WATCHED THEM MAKE THE FILM IN DES MOINES. VERY CHILLING. EXCELLENT CAST. LOTS OF ACTION. CAN'T WAIT TILL IT COMES OUT

JOE SCIORROTTA on Nov 7, 2009

11

This is based on the Stanford Prison Experiment, but also relates to issues raised in a more recent study that was conducted by the BBC -- in which the Guards failed to identify with their roles, and the Prisoners rebelled. In the scientific literature there is a fascinating debate about all this. As well as the Stanford Prison website, see: http://www.bbcprisonstudy.org/

Socializer on Sep 13, 2010

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