A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
How far would you go to win the ultimate job?
The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Well this was a surprise! Exam, directed by Stuart Hazeldine and a film I'd never heard of before.
The film centres around 8 candidates for an important position in a mysterious corporation. This is the final test as all 8 are seated in a room and given an exam paper and a few simple rules. The papers turn out to be blank and the tension begins to build in the room as the candidates become confused and desperate to be the one to find the answer to this conundrum as the clock ticks down.
This fresh and original film took me by surprise by how good it was as I had set myself rather low expectations. The whole film is…
8 people, 1 room, 80 minutes to answer the final question to get the dream job they all hope to receive. Just one problem: what is the question?
Is it possible to make a low budget movie about 8 people in a room interesting and entertaining? Absolutely yes!
This psychological thriller is tense and mysterious and has a great atmosphere, and especially in the first 80 minutes you are wondering what is going on.
The acting overall was great with Luke Mably as the star of this movie as White.
If only the final 10 minutes would have had the strength of the previous 80 minutes this would have been a master piece.
There's a risk of me giving away spoilers if I write anything more than main plot in this movie; which is that there are eight people in a guarded room, they're all after a job, they're given a task of answering a question within 85minutes with instructions of not destroying the paper, not talking to the guard or leave the room. But the paper they all have in front of them is blank. What's the question? And what is their responses to this mindfuck of a test.
Me not wanting to write anything more concrete about it, I thought that I could write down some bad characteristics/personality traits that I have, that probably would make me fail this test miserably.…
Recommended by Dilip
All soldiers are gamblers.
Exam is unlike any exam you’ve ever witnessed or experienced. Eight people enter a room. With a chance for lifelong career success. What lies between them and the ultimate dream job, is a simple test. Only it’s not so simple. Yes, the idea for such a film with a handful of characters and a constant setting has been done numerous times before. But even with the few clichés that it does submit itself to and the unsatisfying, lazy climax, Exam for the most part is successful in grabbing the viewer’s attention with it’s interesting premise.
With some surprisingly impressive performances from the cast (especially from Luke Mably as White and Jimi Mistry as Brown), this film is definitely one worth watching for the original concept, the slight unpredictability and the thrilling screenplay.
Underwatched, in my opinion.
Question 1: What should you watch if you're in the mood for a low-budget thriller?
This movie has it's problems. Some really flawed logic, cliche writing, bad acting...But I've never been a fan of sound logic. What this movie does is hold your attention. It's a quick, 1 hour and 40 minute movie that doesn't take a whole lot of concentration to follow but still lets you feel like a genius when you solve the riddle.
Like found-footage, the single location genre is one that I pretty much enjoy no matter how shitty the film. Exam is no different. It has a ridiculous amount of plot holes, the acting is laughable, and the ending is worse than a high school play. But, lo, I still sorta dug it.
I guess that means I dig high school plays.
"Here is one question before you, and one answer is required. If you try to communicate with myself or the guard, you will be disqualified. If you spoil your paper, intentionally or accidentally, you will be disqualified. If you choose to leave this room for any reason, you will be disqualified."
After watching the trailer I was absolutely convinced to watch this movie. And after it, I was in amazement.
If you like Inception or other mind distorting movies, I definitely recommend this one! "The Question" is unclear until the end. It keeps the audience continuously on the edge of their chair. More questions come during the movie and you're sitting there like: "What's going on? Please tell me!"
It sounds like the most boring plot imaginable. A group of applicants are about to sit an exam and you get to watch.
So yeah, no surprise to hear that things don't turn out as expected. After a speech announcing that "the only rules are our rules", the countdown to complete the exam begins and the applicants turn over their exam papers to discover they are all blank. So begins a race to discover what the exam question is and to work out the purpose of the exercise.
Over the course of the movie we get to find out a little more about the company which set up the exam and the situation in the world outside. It turns out…
Très bon huit-clos qui nous tient en halène jusqu'à la fin. Un bon reflet des différentes personnes qui compose notre société selon moi. Bien qu'une fin un peu hasardeuse.
Eight applicants reach the final stage for a position in a prestigious corporation. They have 80 minutes to answer one question but the key is figuring out what the question is in addition to the answer. An interesting premise with a disappointing payoff.
Contained "one-room" thrillers like "Exam" present an interesting challenge for filmmakers, namely: how does you sustain the audience's interest without recourse to additional locations and situations? To that end, "Exam" certainly tries its best, and while it has a few clever moments, most of its twists and turns prove to be silly contrivances. The characters, too, feel like templates designed to produce conflict instead of functioning like real human beings.
That being said, all of this could have been overlooked had the payoff been more impressive but, truth be told, the endgame might make you shrug your shoulders with indifference.
Cool concept, but a lot of cringeworthy dialogue.
Exam is a film of great ideas and technical prowess with its main weakness coming from its less than stella resolution. However, the film doesn't exist to just build towards a final twist which is why Exam excels despite its ending. The character dynamics and interactions are why Exam works so well. Set in a single location in almost real time with no flashbacks to cheat more info into the narrative, the film is a wonderful exercise in how little you need on screen to tell a compelling story. The film has since been adapted for a short lived stage show and it's not difficult to see why. This might be the closest to theatre on film we've gotten to in modern times.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Exam güzel bir fikire dayanıyor. Tüm film tek bir odada geçiyor. 8 kişinin gizemli bir şirkete alınmak için altı kişilik bir odada, sınav kağıtlarının başına geçmesiyle başlıyor. Adaylara 80 dakika veriliyor ve saat geriye doğru saymaya başlıyor. Fakat sınav kağıtlarında soru yok. Dolayısıyla her şey "soruyu bulma" çabasıyla başlıyor ve beklenmedik bir şekilde sona eriyor.
(Sarışının en aptal olduğu klişesini yıkarak, sonunda onun kazanmasını sağlayan ve böylece bu klişeye inanan herkesi ters köşeye yatıran bir finali var.)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I suppose if I cared more, I'd like this better. This is about 8 douchebag A-types trapped in a room trying to answer a question in order to secure a job. Or, figure out what the question is. Some people are hiding their need, others are playing games, and I really just wanted the sprinkler to hose them all down with poison by the end.
The pacing is sludgey, the acting is dull, the characters are not-terribly drawn. Still, what is this saying about anything? That people are assholes? That Big Pharma is made up of great and benevolent corporations?
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