In chapter two I read a lot about different experiments and tests performed on people. As I was reading through those things it made me think of the movie," The Experiment," who is also who made," Prison Break." In the movie, there is an experiment being performed on a group of men, who are all different. The men are people who volunteered to be a participant in the experiment for a payment of $14,000. I believe the scientists in the movie wanted to show that everyone have a breaking point and if there is no Justice System, things will get out of control. The purpose of the experiment was to see how people can handle having no justice system before they reach their breaking points. The scientists debriefed the men before they agreed to be participants in the experiment. Then they surveyed each participant for a better understanding of everyone. The experiment took part in an abandoned prison where they made majority of the participant's prisoners, and the other group the guards. Throughout the movie is the testing part of the scientific method that is being shown and the conclusion. The testing revealed that there is a breaking point for people when there is no justice system. The conclusion was the men almost killing each other leaving one participant dead. The guys tried to be civil, because there was a rule of no violence or it will be shutdown. That did not last because the guards began to take the power to their heads, which is what the scientists predicted would happen. One of the participants even got up and yelled into the camera for it to end but the scientists ignored. I really enjoyed this movie and was happy I could connect it to what I have learned in Chapter two.
The Experiment, Dir. Paul Scheuring, Perf. Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Maggie Grace.2010.
Just a sidenote, both medical and psychological experiments conducted on actual prisoners go as far back as 300 B.C. with most of them being overwhelmingly unethical in nature. I'm not sure if you know this but the film you are discussing is based on a true story famously called the Stanford Experiment. In 1971, Dr. Zimbardo led an experiment to observe the behavior of students who were assigned roles of guards and prisoner, like the movie, and he had planned on the study taking over two weeks. The experiment ended after just five days when some of students who were the guards became mentally and physically abusive towards their 'prisoners.' Heck, one of the 'guard' students adapted a southern accent along with a gruff demeanor and was referred to by fellow 'guards' as 'John Wayne'. The study is a prime example of how quickly some can abuse control under certain circumstances and left Dr. Zimbardo horrified by the result.