Spindrift: The Stanford Prison Experiment


After many months of anticipation I was finally able to see The Stanford Prison Experiment. I was hoping to catch it in theaters but it was a limited release so I didn’t get the chance. The day that it came out on blu ray I got to the store as soon as I could, and after having seen the movie I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.

Since the Stanford prison experiment was an real-life event I was interested in seeing how close the movie was to the actual footage. The movie adaptation was extremely similar using the same clothes for the prisoners and even taking dialogue straight from the original source.

The acting was overall very impressive and I was very satisfied with Ezra Miller’s performance. I was especially looking forward to seeing what he brought to the table since he is going to play the Flash in the upcoming Justice League movie. The movie was in a way split into different portions focusing on certain characters throughout chunks in the movie.

The cinematography was very fitting for the environment that this movie brought. The camera moved in a very smooth way and most of the time was up close and personal with the characters which made you feel like you were in the claustrophobic hallway with every single prisoner. It never felt like you were watching a recreation of the experiment. The whole experience felt raw and true to the actual event.

What really stands out about The Stanford Prison Experiment to me though are the questions it asks. You’ll probably end up with more questions than answers in the end. There were more than a few very interesting interactions between characters. One part that really stuck out to me was dialogue between the man running the experiment and a teacher (it might have been the principle I really don’t remember). The teacher asks the man what the independent variable to the experiment was and the man gets very defensive and dodges around the question. This is when you realize that there really isn’t an experiment going on and more of a simulation.

I could go on and on about the psychology behind the characters actions and every piece of dialogue that I found interesting but that would be far too long. Who knows though maybe I’ll do that in the future? Either way I think that everyone should watch The Stanford Experiment at one point in their life whether it be for the brilliant acting and cinematography or the experiment itself.

Thanks for reading.