Joshua Rich
July 25, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Experiment

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
113 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/20/02
performer
Moritz Bleibtreu, Maren Eggert, Christian Berkel, Wotan Wilke Mohring, Oliver Stokowski
director
Oliver Hirschbiegel
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Don Bohlinger
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D+

The latest dour German import finds smart-alecky journalist Bleibtreu (”Run Lola Run”) going undercover in a secretive psych test in which a random group of men spend a fortnight together as prisoners and guards. And wouldn’t you know, left to their own devices, those assigned to lock up their fellow countrymen rapidly devolve into a bunch of blood-hungry Nazi types. Agonizingly unentertaining, ”Experiment” makes you wonder: When did Germany’s Holocaust guilt become fodder for a rousing psycho-thriller? EXTRAS Kein.

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