Morning huddles, after closing meetings, petty gossip and uninspired gathering/events seem to be the staple of any standard 9-5 job especially those in an office environment. Living it myself I cringe watching shows/films like The Office and Office Space. It is its own bubble and environment that is ripe for satire and some workplace violence as experienced in The Belko Experiment. Director Patrick Brice brings a blend of blunt, comedic violence in his new film Corporate Animals starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms.
The film is supported with a well rounded cast including Jessica Williams (The Daily Show), Karan Soni (Deadpool), Dan Bakkedahl (Veep) and Nasim Pedrad (SNL). Moore takes her team of co-workers on a team building exercise through a cave exploration led by Helms. Upon entry an earthquake hits trapping everyone inside with no way to escape. What follows is a series of dark comedic and although morbid, some relatable experiences. The team slowly unhinges as their supplies run low, secrets are revealed and tensions run high revealing the true animal that is inside us all.
The film’s premise and cast would suggest this would be a solid comedy but what is presented although with its funny moments leaves little to remember or latch on to for repeat viewings. The film cuts day to day as the team struggles to survive but what ensues are just mundane moments that feel uninspired with the only real stand out being Soni as Freddie the low level lackey. Moore plays the role of a conceited, bitchy boss fine but I feel her presence is what makes the character and with anyone else it would be a forgettable role; making her conclusion that much more “shocking”. The story flows easily and definitely has it laughs, making it for an enjoyable channel scroll movie night but by the end credits I wouldn’t think twice about it.
2.5 out of 5
Film to be released Friday September 20th in theaters & VOD
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