What's On? 21.04.17
The reviews haven't been great, but The Belko Experiment has to have one of the most interesting premises of any film this weekend. I've seen the trailer, so can you tell you this much: an office of staff finds themselves locked into their building, and told to murder each other otherwise they'll get killed themselves.
As I'm writing this, I'm conscious that it isn't quite as good a premise as I first thought; it works in the film because everyone has some kind of chip installed in her necks which will explode if the staff doesn't respond. In truth, who would agree to having a chip installed within you as part of your job? Wouldn't it be illegal?
Still, it does make me think, as I'm writing this now in Edinburgh University's PhD study room. There are about fifteen students quietly working around me. Which ones are the killers? Who would come for me? And how would I respond? I think I'd probably scream, 'Wait, wait . . .' begging the person for sympathy, for compassion.
And when he'd nod and realize we are humans, not animals, I would stick a pencil into him.
Anyway, The Belko Experiment is at the Cameo this weekend.
Elsewhere, at the Filmhouse, is the Chilean film Neruda, whom some people have lavished praise upon, and others not so much. I am currently in a 'Chilean' period in my life – my 'sister' from last year, Yesenia, has returned to Chile, but if I watch this film, I will feel close to her again. Of course, there is a deadline for an important essay this Monday, so I probably won't watch anything, but after Monday, 14.00, I may go looking for Neruda, with a glass of Chilean wine.
Yesenia, if you're reading this: Viva Chile . . .