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From:hardcorae
Date:May 21st, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I agree with what everyone else said above. I really liked the film, but there were a couple of things that come to mind...

1. Why didn't the researchers have security guards? In a high-stress situation involving weapons (I don't think the researchers knew about the guns, but they gave them billy clubs), you would think they'd take precautions.

2. How could they have possibly forbade any of the test subjects from leaving? It SEEMED like they were trying to conduct a legitimate experiment, but ethically (and legally) all subjects in an experiment must be voluntary and free to leave at any time. Otherwise the results aren't even taken into consideration. It's one of the reasons longitudinal studies can be inaccurate: people drop out halfway through.

3. Was the love stuff really necessary? I mean, they met for like 45 minutes. I understand the function of the relationship (they each have very little to hold on to, and besides, someone has to come save the day when all goes to hell), but I thought it could have been a little bit more well-developed.
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From:mike6937
Date:May 21st, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Good points, i think i forgot to mention the "maybe we'll let you leave tomorrow" stuff because it was so ridiculous. Maybe that, along with the professor's general behavior, was another example of corruption in authority.

As for the girlfriend stuff, I found it pretty annoying. They met once, then she calls about 50 times, shows up and breaks into his apartment, lives there for a few days, then asks him to leave the country with her. Do the Germans have a word for 'stalker'? (question mark put outside quotations for alan's benefit)
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