•behavior of people caught up in the extreme conditions
•the impact of imposed social roles on behavior
•the processes of group dynamics and social influence
The movie is about a diverse group of 20 paid male participants that agree to be locked in a jail a psychological experiment. They are. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and 24 hour surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are assigned positions as either prisoners or wardens (guards). The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Every reasonable person, knowing that he participates in the experiment, believes that nothing can dislodge it from the track; he will be calm and keep a balanced mental state. The results of the experiment are staggering. Scheduled for two weeks, the experiment was interrupted for 5 days already. People completely lost their sense of the reality. The movie clearly shows that in the extreme situations, people may behave completely inappropriately, humiliating and insulting people who are subject to them. Along with the psychological stress increases and the aggressive potential. Peace-loving people who started the experiment in a quiet environment, and...