Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A man and a woman wake up in a strange city. They don't know who they are or what's going on. Can they put the pieces of the puzzle together before it’s too late?
Is it good movie?
The Experiment really had some good potential, but ultimately left me feeling disappointed. Essentially a slight variation on the Bourne series, this one deals with two people instead of one, and some sort of agency who is controlling them rather than the government.
Really, this isn't a terrible film but it felt to me like the pacing was off. Well over half of the movie is comprised of the two leads fumbling around and running from place to place, trying to figure out what's going on. They run into each other several times and can't decide whether they're friends or enemies. The movie isn't stupid, but it really tries to hammer its points home and for the first hour or so, you'll likely fall into a coma like I did.
The problem is that the two main characters are just bumbling around for so long, and constantly struggling to get a sense of self. I know that it may sound mean to complain that characters are taking too long to develop, but it just gets tiresome after awhile. Also, Anna's character was really annoying at times and played a little too over the top for my liking at times.
Finally, the plot takes so long to come together that I actually lost interest a few times. That being said, the plot is quite good, solid with a few anchoring twists that I didn't see coming. The filmmaking is solid, the actors are game, and the movie is quite well made. If only it didn't take so long belaboring the same points over and over again! It does pick up the pace at the end, but by then is it too little, too late?
Video / Audio
The Experiment certainly didn't suck, but it didn't exactly reel me in at any point either. It provides the right amount of intelligence and a game cast, but as I said before the pacing was just off. Too bad, really. Call this one a mildly successful experiment.