SCREENPLAY SCI Fi/THRILLER SHORT
Andy Barreca, Cataldo De Palma
Dr Landis, a shy psychologist and researcher,conducts an academic experiment on the physiological reaction of the human being to emotional inputs. During this research, he is aided by his trusted colleague and friend Milgram, and by the sensual Ph.D. student Natasha, with whom Landis is secretly in love. Milgram is talkative and charming, the opposite of Landis, who, under stress, is a victim of hallucinations and nervous tics.
The experiment does not give the results desired by the two professors. They decide to raise the stakes and have their testers perform increasingly macabre and violent experiments. Two-thirds of the participants overcome their ethical opposition and, "for the sake of science", carry out orders imposed by Milgram, even agreeing to cause physical violence to other people. This sick development of research leads the two to a shocking discovery: obedience is not imposed by an inability to understand what is right or wrong, but by identification with a source that passes off cruel actions for virtuous and necessary gestures. Landis and Milgram hold the secret to a real tyrant manual. Landis, driven by his moral correctness, wants to keep the discovery secret. On the other hand, Milgram, driven by lust desire for fame, wishes to divulge his discovery and win the Nobel Prize. This opposition leads the two researchers to clash, revealing an unexpected personality of Landis, which rises after he witnesses Natasha suffer violence by Milgram’s hand.