How Visuals Assist Story: A Look at "The Belko Experiment"




The Belko Experiment is a thrilling action film that followed an American staff stationed in Mexico, when their company decided they all will spend the day killing each other instead of a usual work day. It's currently streaming on HBO.


When making a movie, writing it is the biggest and most important challenge. However, there are tons of visual cues that can assist the story once it hits the screen to really drive theme, emotion, and foreshadowing for the viewing audience. No matter how you felt about the quality of The Belko Experiment, this movie used it's visual cues to a T. Let's take a look!


Have a look at the logo at the top of this article. What colors do you see? Red and Blue are the prominent colors used in this movie, representing the brand color of the company, and dress code of the employees. This, is a representation of ownership: the company owns / aligns with the people. Also, inside of the red, is an eye. Usually one eye represents an "all seeing eye". Red also represents danger. This is no slight. Take a look at the following image. You'll see the eye is watching the staff. None of the staff are out of color.



What else is red, white and blue? Our flag. Those three colors are easily symbolic of our country. What can we decipher from a company who uses capitalism to harm its employees as an experiment? And how does that align with the values of the good ole' U.S. of A? I'll let you decide that for yourselves. Also to note, the all seeing eye is on all of our paper currency. That's as far as we're going with that.


Knowing how on-the-nose this movie was with use of their color scheme, you call tell which employee would meet danger with the pop of red. Like this woman, who wore red lipstick. She's also standing in front of a sign that says "Together for the better". Our country prides itself on "unity", but fails to act that way within a dog-eat-dog world. What lengths have Americans gone in order to make a dollar?


This brings me to our next image. Two employees were out of color: they were dressed in orange jumpsuits. That's right: similar to that of prison inmates. These characters were more gritty, with street knowledge. They did physical labor for the company, not needing intelligence or interpersonal skills.


At the film's midpoint, the employees went into full survival mode: they begin fighting for weapons, making alliances, and aiming at the weakest links first. This included older people, the disabled, and women. However, some characters rose up to the occasion, acting as protectors and heroes to those who couldn't fight for themselves. But at the end of the day, the men with the guns and power got to decide, and many were shot point blank to bring balance and leverage to their situation.



Yup, that eye is still watching.


Our hero of the story, is the prime agitator to the main antagonist. Our hero doesn't allow the evil leader to make rash calls and take lives. That means, he makes himself the prime target. In the movie, he hurts himself when trying to take the company tracker out of his own head. This injury leads to blood from his wound spilling down his back. The bright red color against his white shirt spelled it out: "he has a target on his back".


Overall, this movie is an *experiment on how we can look with a critical *eye, at the values and humanity of the American people. It's bloody, gory, thrilling and exciting while making us look into the mirror. Also, it has an incredible twist ending!


What are some of the conclusions you drew from the film? Let us know!

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