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Plot: Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 16 Oct 2015
Amazing...but I am not sure how many others will think so as well...or even watch it in the first place. (by MartinHafer)
2015 was a very unusual year because two different movies debuted that were about famous or perhaps infamous studies that are discussed in practically every introductory psychology textbook published over the last three decades. After all, it's not like there is a huge demand for this sort of thing and the market for such films is pretty limited. While I was not particularly impressed by "The Stanford Prison Experiment", "Experimenter" is simply terrific and I was shocked by the wonderful writing and direction by Michael Almereyda. In fact, it's so good and the <more>
style is so amazing that I think most everyone could enjoy and appreciate the film...if they end up seeing it, which isn't very likely.I have a greater interest in this sort of film than most people because I taught psychology and used to be a psychotherapist. When I taught, I frequently talked about the ethics or ethical lapses of the Zimbardo Prison Study as well as the Milgram Obedience Study. But, as I said above, the way Almereyda wrote and designed the film make it a film for anyone...not just geeky ex-psychology teachers!"Experimenter" begins with a graphic depiction of Milgram's classic study. I was very surprised at the choice of actors, as Anthony Edwards E.R. and the stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan played subjects in this experiment...and they both were excellent. In Milgram's experiment of the early 60s, there were two subjects--one a real subject and another who pretended to be one but who was actually working for the experimenter. The study was supposedly about learning methods and one subject was chosen to be the 'educator' and the other the 'subject'--but this was rigged and the real subject was always the educator. The educator's job was to read questions over a loud speaker to the subject in the next room. If the subject missed a question, the educator was instructed to administer an electric shock--and the intensity of the shocks increased throughout the experiment. The subject followed a script in which he eventually begins to complain about the pain of the shocks and even say that he wants to stop....yet the psychologist there in the room with the educator encourages them to continue. Amazingly, despite educators thinking they were causing significant pain, about 65% of them went all the way...even shocking the subject AFTER they stopped responding altogether!!The experiment's true purpose was to demonstrate that the same sort of blind obedience to authority that the Nazis showed in the death camps and their willingness to follow rules still exists in societies today. Many praised his insightful and brilliant study, but many also criticized its methodology and thought the study was very unethical. This was also true in the Stanford Prison Experiment--yet, oddly, that film never really addressed concerns about ethics--which is why I found that film so disappointing. Fortunately, Experimenter did present both sides of the debate as well looked at Dr. Milgram as a person--something I never expected. To do this, they obtained the cooperation of the Milgram family t learn about the man. In fact, you can see the Professor's widow and brother interviewed on the special features on the DVD and they seemed very happy with the film. This is interesting because Stanley Milgram is very flawed in the movie. He's sometimes arrogant and smug and Almereyda did something very smart to help accentuate this. He had the actor playing Milgram, Peter Sarsgaard, occasionally turn to the camera and talk to the audience. This could have been awkward but really worked well in conveying Milgram's personality as well as giving a much fuller story about the man and his life beyond his seminal study. You learn about some other brilliant work he did at Yale, Harvard and the City University of New York...as well as the continued criticism he received during his career and its impact on him. Overall, this is a magnificently written and directed film with some wonderful acting that really needs to be seen by a wider audience. The film barely got noticed in the theaters but now that the film is out on DVD with Netflix this week, there's a chance for you to see a wonderfully crafted and engaging picture. Trust me on this one...you don't need to be a psyc major to enjoy this film!
Great for introverts, without needles babbling (by lemagicienbergier)
Very nicely done, no needless words. Everything clear and straight. Ideal movie for someone that doesn't need gibberish around the story so the movie would ended like the one which was described in this film: story of Stanley M. with William Shatner : plain facts, nicely served. Very pleasurable. Very nice colors, nice accuracy, i liked the cut to black and white theatrical mode. Cannot explain it, but understood it. The main character was cast very, very good. Absolutely believable performance of scientist. Liked also the storytelling by the main character. And wonder, what expected the <more>
other reviewers calling the movie boring?? Transformers crossbred with Inception and Gone with the wind?
I'm not a movie critic, but here's my grain of salt.To me, not the typical movie. More of a "docu-bio-movie". Intelligent, but may be controversial for people that needs to hang onto their perception of themselves. I don't.I liked the main character, his curiosity, his daring. His narrative, in some parts directed at the spectator me , brought me closer to the person, and engaged me in his questioning.I see this movie as quite relevant in the actual time of mass marketing, mass disinformation, mass anything. Helped me acknowledge some of the human hidden parts in my own <more>
Yes, as many other reviewers have eluded, the movie can be a bit dry. My wife got lost in the message because she lost interest rather quickly. It wasn't until I explained the message the movie was trying to convey that she seemingly became more interested.**spoiler** Watch it until the end, the message is rather powerful. I specifically liked the ending because Sasha Stanley's wife allowed herself to fall in the same class when the nurse made her fill the paperwork while Stanley is having a heart attack. In this instance, I felt like I would have called BS and told the nurse to get <more>
a doctor ASAP, instead of calmly filling out the paperwork like she was doing. But then again, that's exactly the message the movie was delivering, that we easily follow orders without question even against what we think is right.
Very interesting exploration of conformity and obedience. If you go mining for meaning, you can see a parallel to the Christian, Jewish and Islamic parable of Abraham and Isaac. You can identify Milgram with God, the tester with Abraham and the learner with Isaac. All three major religions respect and praise Abraham for his obedience to God. And yet, in real life, in the experiment, we criticize the tester for his lack of empathy, lack of concern, lack of ethics relative to the learner. Does the movie ask us to look at the parable and question the concept that Abraham passed the <more>
"form" of the test of obedience, but failed God's true "function" of His test of Ethics?
Gripping study. Explains my own thoughts of Nazi Germany.
Very factly... (by Red_Identity)
This film is particularly surprising. It's very interested in many of the facts of the real life obedience experiment. In fact, one could even argue that it seems to be very dry and non- climactic. The docudrama, of course, is restrained and doesn't overdo anything with large dramatizations of events and beats. I can also very much see many people getting bored with it however. Saarsgard is really great, totally inhabiting and creating that version of Milgram. Glad to see Winona Ryder on the screen again. Overall, it is very subdued, but it is a great introduction to the experiment <more>
that really shows as much as we can learn about what motivates people to commit such crimes.
This movie gave a great insight into human nature and so did the experiments. Yes it was a tad slow but it only felt like that to me after I had watched it. I was immediately drawn in by the whole setup of the experiment and with the progression of the rest of them. This won't get anyone's heart pumping or racing but nonetheless I was glued to the screen with what this movie was trying to show me. I was so fascinated by the whole idea of it, that putting up with any of the 'slow' parts seemed quite easy. If you're in any way interested in human nature and how or why people <more>
could bring themselves to do certain things, you'll definitely appreciate this film.I didn't know anything about this man or his experiments but I always wondered about the very same things he did in regards to the tragedy's he spoke of and others. How can people slaughter others or commit heinous acts, bring themselves to do these things and then simply claim they were only the messenger? I believe it's definitely worth a watch to anyone.
The movie titled "Experimenter 2015 " I feel was a great film. I loved the styling of the film most of all especially the green screen backdrops and how they offset the vibe of the view. The acting and the cast I believe were perfect for such a film and the story was very intriguing. I've saw various films based on human experiments and I believe this one was perfectly created. The educational standpoint or setting of where, when, and why was a great introduction and following through out the film. I enjoyed how it showed the mindset of humanity in its time frame being that <more>
I'm certain the results would in today's time be even worse as humanity has devalued its beliefs, ethics, and life meanings.Very well put together film, and once again I cannot express how well the cast performed within such a film style. It was artistic, poetic, yet realistic; great stuff.