The Belko Experiment- 7/10 2017 is off to a good start for horror. Towards the end, they run out of places to go with the moral conundrums for murder, and certain members of the more peaceful crowd make the decision to abandon their objections to the game. The cast is solid, and John C. McGinley provides some good comic relief, but Tony Goldwyn easily steals the show. Goldwyn really owns his character, as the vicious leader for the group that wants to kill, and Goldwyn delivers some of the best moments in TBE, when he's chewing the scenery. If you're looking for a thought-provoking storyline about everyone looking out for themselves, or (and I'm jumping into hyperbole here) a movie that gives a whole new meaning to the "it's a dog eat dog world" saying, then you'll probably walk out of this one disappointed. But The Belko Experiment really works as a bloodbath horror film with more than enough mayhem and carnage. It's sick and twisted fun, and kudos to James Gunn for some good morbid and tongue-in-cheek humor. There's a scene, where a Latin version of California Dreamin' is playing in the background during an execution for a select group, and you just have to laugh at the irony of that song playing in the background during an execution. Basically, you should know what you're getting into with TBE after watching the trailers and the commercials, and there's a reason why the "Office Space meets Battle Royale" quote is at the top of one of the movie posters for this. The Belko Experiment made its budget back during its opening weekend. The current total sits at $5,470,995, and that's off of a reported production budget of $5,000,000. TBE had a decent amount of buzz surrounding it, and I'm not complaining about Greg McLean's work here, but I have to believe the movie would've had more hype behind it of James Gunn directed it. My only guess is, he's been too busy with Guardians Of The Galaxy over the past couple of years. That, and TBE being sandwiched between the releases for Beauty & The Beast and Power Rangers back to back didn't help matters. March 17-19 & The Upcoming Weekend As expected, Beauty And The Beast had a strong opening weekend with $174,750,616, and the current worldwide total sits at $461,999,926. I can't say I'm all that excited about the two big releases for the weekend. Life looks like a run-of-the-mill sci-fi/thriller about an alien life form threatening earth. The fight to survive on the space station looks like a played out scenario I've seen one too many times, but I'll watch it for Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. I'm really not sure what to think about Power Rangers. For a number of reasons, I can understand why you really can't make a campy and more cartoonish Power Rangers film that captures the spirit of the show in 2017, and I understand they're not targeting someone, who's close to my age or older than me. But some fans of the show, or people, who grew up loving all things Power Rangers are looking for some nostalgia. Also, going by the trailers, I'm not too crazy about the approach to turn the Rangers (or some of them) into the stereotypical rebellious teenage punks, or lost causes, who are running out of second chances. I get the need to go for a more serious tone, but so far, the footage with Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston as Zordon are the only promising parts of the trailers and commercials for me. Apparently, Becky G's Trini is gay, and RJ Cyler's ( playing the Blue Ranger) Billy is autistic, and it's considered to be another attempt to create more realistic characters. David Yost (the original Blue Ranger) is praising the changes, and this is something I didn't know about until I ran across the interview today, but Yost was harassed on the set of the original show for being gay. According to reports, Haim Saban is saying they have a planned story arc for six movies, but there's no guarantees that it'll happen. I'm not too surprised, but so far, the negative reviews for Power Rangers are starting to pile up, and the movie has a 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of that, according to Box Office Mojo's predictions, Beauty And The Beast should come in at #1 in the week to week charts for an easy repeat that's close to the $77,000,000 mark for the weekend. Meanwhile, Power Rangers is expected to pull in $38,000,000. Power Rangers has a reported production budget of $100,000,000, and if BOM's predictions are right, then we're looking at a big flop, or it'll be a tough uphill battle to make a real profit, and justify more sequels.