Spindrift: The Stanford Prison Experiment

A was browsing YouTube, when I came across a movie trailer that came out about three weeks ago. The movie was called The Stanford Prison Experiment.

The movie stars Ezra Miller who is set to play the flash in the upcoming DC movies. You may recognize him from the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The Stanford Prison Experiment is a real life event that took place in 1971 and has already had movies based on the concept like The Experiment, staring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker, and Das Experiment, which is a German film. Many students who take psychiatry classes will know what the experiment is all about. It’s a study on how prisons affect humans living in them. The experiment, itself, is taking two sets of people who will perform as guards and prisoners and seeing how they interact. It prohibits physical abuse of any kind, though.

What really caught my attention about The Stanford Prison Experiment trailer though is how realistic it looked. The acting was amazing and I couldn’t keep myself from watching the trailer over and over again. I love the fact that you actually feel like you’re watching an experiment take place rather than watching a movie.

There’s only one problem with the movie that I’ve found so far and that’s that it comes out the same day as AntMan, July 17. I’m torn up between which movie I want to see more. I may just have to pull a double movie day!

The director, Kyle Patrick Alvarez only has two movies to date, excluding the Stanford Prison Experiment. I haven’t seen his other films which are C.O.G. and Easier with Practice but maybe they’re worth checking out. The Stanford Prison Experiment looks scarier than an actual horror movie. The fear of power being stripped away completely is an extremely scary thing, much more than pop-ups of half-assed, CGI ghosts. If anything, I think this movie is going to be intimidating psychologically and really make you think about powerlessness. If I can walk out of the theatre feeling that, then it will have been a success in my eyes regardless of whether or not it’s a box office hit.

If you want to check out the trailer for yourself, I’ll leave a link.

Thanks for reading.