Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Studio: IFC Films
Rated: R (For language including abusive behavior and some sexual references)
This was spearheaded by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup), who wasn’t sure what he would find when he turned the basement into a fake prison for volunteers to stay in, but he would find out very soon. The results were startling and (to an extent) horrifying. At first the prisoners don’t take what is going on seriously, seeing this as nothing more than an easy way to get money. This changes when the volunteers who “play” the guards start getting abusive in their power. They start verbally abusing their “prisoners,” they force them to remember their number, they award good behavior and punish unruly behavior. One of the guards especially gets into the act, copying the persona of the evil guard in “Cool Hand Luke” as his inspiration to strike fear into the prisoners.
Parents, there is harsh language and scenes of brutality. Recommended for ages 17 and up.