Great review, keybored! This film gives you plenty of food for though, and maybe self-examination. I wonder what the reception of it was in Germany, in view of their history.
My feelings are the same, regarding the "romance". It just felt out of place.
If you're interested, there was a film made about the The Stanford prison experiment itself a couple of years ago. Maybe a bit redundant at this point, with the books, and documentaries, and fictionalised movies, but it was still an interesting insight, with a great young cast (from my view at least).
This experiment and the Milgram one really shed a light on how easily people are influenced to do bad things to others, and still feel the responsibility for these actions isn't on them, but someone else. Fascinating, and terrifying, stuff.
I thought to mention Germany and it's history, but thought the fact it was a German film spoke for itself.
Yes, the Milgram Experiment was also a good example of how soon people can do bad things to another person without thought or conscience. Luckily in that particular study, the 'victim' of the electric shocks (who was in on it the whole time) reacted as if in various levels of pain when a light went on (caused by the volunteer administering the 'electric shocks' to increasing levels).