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From:mike6937
Date:May 20th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you on the Iraqi prison abuse, that was the first thing I thought of when humiliation was mentioned. To me, that showed the writers had done their research well, and gave the film more credibility.

This movie shows a startling side of the human condition. That given the right circumstances and environmental feedback, we really are capable of almost anything, right down to some of the most dispicable acts. Every man has his limits.

It's the classic 'power corrupts' idea, but I have to question how realistic the timetable is. I found myself asking the same questions I was asking after 28 Days Later... Sure, anyone can go mad or power crazy given the right circumstances, especially lawlessness/absolute power, but would it really happen so fast? I have some trouble believing most people, even those with underlying issues, would go from zero to crazy in three days, especially since the guards were allowed to leave at the end of the day. I'm getting kind of longwinded here, maybe I'll just post my overview in a new comment?
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From:shared_boxers
Date:May 20th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
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but I have to question how realistic the timetable is

Well, the Stanford Prison Experiment had a rebellion on the second day, like the one that ended with the fire extinguisher in the movie. And in the actual experiment, after 5 days, it was terminated because things were getting out of hand with a planned prison escape. So, the timeline of the movie is pretty close to what actually happened in the real prison experiment.
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