Well 2018’s nearing but we still have a month in 2017, and I, here am to tell how you’re gonna spend 2 hours of these 744+ hours left. I’m up again on my blog, with a movie suggestion for you all.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Directed by: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Casts: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano and others.
Running time: 2 hr 2 m
Released on: July 17, 2015
Released in 2015, some of you may would have watched this not-so-famous art piece of Hollywood already, The Stanford Prison Experiment is a docudrama on a psychological experiment conducted in 1971 at Stanford University by professor Philip ZImbardo (played by Billy Crudup).
“What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?”, reads prisonexp.org
24 male student volunteers were cast at $15/day to play the roles of guards and prison inmates in a simulated prison, while Dr Zimbardo, apart from also studying the experiment, played as the prison superintendent. The experiment intended to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system, and was planned to continue for 2 weeks, though was shut down only in 6 days, because the supposed-to-be simulated prison had turned into a real one.
The experiment was incorporated into a book “The Lucifer Effect” by the professor himself, and a documentary “Quiet Rage” is also available on YouTube. The movie, after I watched the documentary later, turns out to be an exact recreation of the real event. And so this movie, feels nothing but witnessing the horrors and the evil as it emerges. The roles assigned to the participants begin to possess over them; the guards begin to assault the prisoners, slamming them to walls, humiliating them in front of their peers, and the prisoners begin to rebel and/or break down to the situation. And that too happen just in one day, causing for the experiment to end only in 6 days, against the planned 2 weeks.
The film intends to scare you, anger you, and possibly will put you in a state of emotional distress. Dr Zimbardo would feel to be the monster villain, everything would seem to be crazy and all just so unbelievable. And in this emotionally distressing state of yours, Dr Zimbardo hopes that it will get transformed into an intellectual process of wondering yourself in the situation, and questioning the abusive prison system.
R. (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) Contains profanity and abusive scenes.
I rate this film a blossom of 10 out of 10 stars, honouring its originality and simplicity, which made the experience like watching a clearer HD version of documentary. Watch the trailer below.