The film The Experiment(2010) was based on Stanford Prison Experiment done by a famous psychologist called Zinbardo. He distributed the normal subjects with healthy minds into two groups. The group of prisoners and the guards group did the experiment in a converted prison. As the experiment went on, the guards imposed increasingly severe punishment against prisoners with the ignorance of experimenter. The mental-healthy subjects that were in the equal status changed into cowardly prisoners and cruel guards.
What kind of people were they before and now? Why they behaved in that way? How to save them? The unfinished experiment ruined the participants and the beliefs of some people in the world. The irritated character did not dare to resist and the passive role got the evil spirit. You couldn’t imagine that they were healthy and ordinary people before. At the beginning of the movie, one of the prisoner and guard built the friendship and helped each other. However, when the guard was aware of his right, he became the greatest perpetrator and the prisoner still kept his kindness until all of the subjects were mad. In my opinion, one of the reason was that environment had great effects on human being. The subjects just accepted their identity in the almost real environment. Furthermore, the prisoners behaved in this way may because of the authority obedience. It seemed that obeying the rules were the nature of human.
Nowadays, such kind of experiments that did harm to humans are no longer allowed owing to the moral and ethical constraints. We can find that human being can be changed by the environment. On the one hand, people can create harmonious society. One the other hand, society can also reform people. Besides, we must learn from the lesson that every person needs to be respected and to have the equal status. Finally, after seeing the movie, I hope you can have the wisdom of getting rid of the imaginary predicament and the courage to fight injustice.