By Clark Collis
Updated July 21, 2015 at 04:37 PM EDT
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Credit: Steve Dietl

The Stanford Prison Experiment

type
  • Movie
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In August 1971, professor Philip Zimbardo divided student volunteers into two factions—guards and inmates—and housed them in a mock prison in the basement of Stanford’s psychology department. Matters famously deteriorated, with the “guards” showing an alarming, sadistic enthusiasm for their task. The power dynamic is fascinating from a psych-textbook point of view, but as a film, this Billy Crudup-starring re-creation peaks early, then hobbles along. Fortunately, terrific performances from Ezra Miller as “Prisoner 8612” and Michael Angarano as an overlord keep you from hoping for an early release. B

The Stanford Prison Experiment

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 122 minutes
director
  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez

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