A role-playing exercise goes terribly wrong in this German film about power, corruption and the beast within. Though based on the novel Black Box
, its real inspiration can only be Professor Philip Zimbardo's notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which college students assigned to play prisoners and guards in a make-believe penitentiary behaved so badly the project was suspended after six days. Journalist-turned-discontented taxi driver Tarek Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu) senses a career-rejuvenating story in a newspaper ad. A respectable research facility is seeking subjects for a two-week prison simulation; the pay is generous and the situation will be tigh...