I really enjoyed this movie, and working from the benefit of having seen it before, I got a lot more out of the second time around.
One thing I noticed the second time around is that Fahd and Dora both fantasized about each other, but Fahd usually fantasized about the physical/sex parts and Dora usually fantasized about the emotional/conversation parts.
I also noticed lots of parallels between the scenario and modern-day events. Primarily, untrained individuals given a position of power and a command to maintain order with a stipulation of no violence result to some pretty harsh extremes. The use of humiliation seems to address issues of the US military in Iraq at prisons, where should we blame the situation and not the soldiers?
Having read about the Stanford Prison Experiment after seeing this movie, I could see the similarities and differences, the artistic liberties taken by the film makers, from the original story. It was obviously much more sensationalized, but the fundamental lessons are still there. People will quickly fall into roles given the proper circumstances.
The performances in the movie were top notch with Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run
) giving a pretty good performance, but with a character that seems far less sympathetic when you realize he views the situation as a game and is actually instigating much of the conflict in the prison. Of course the scientists planned it this way from the get-go, so how much is he to blame? But still, had he been out of the equation, how far would have things really gone?
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.