Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watched in March 2011
8 candidates have been chosen for the final round of an application for a position at a mysterious company. The candidates, 4 woman and 4 men arrive and are shown into a minimalist room with 8 desks each with a piece of paper and a pencil. No names are given on 'Candidate 1, Candidate 2' etc. A man enters the room with a security guard with the man giving a short list of rules about the test before starting a countdown clock and then he leaves. The group turn their papers only to find it blank and so the mystery begins.
The film plays with the idea of the unknown, with trust and with determination. The…
Exame inicia com planos detalhe apresentando pequenas pistas sobre quem são os candidatos pra uma vaga de emprego. Mais tarde planos fechados mostram pequenos comportamentos como olhares apreensivos, nós de gravatas sendo afrouxados e pés batendo no chão em sinal do nervosismo gerado pela última etapa do processo de seleção que confinou oito pessoas em sala escura e fria, toda de concreto e sem janelas, com mesas e cadeiras de metal. Esse ambiente cria uma atmosfera claustrofóbica onde uma história de suspense simples vai se desenrolando aos poucos, criando mais perguntas a cada resposta descoberta e colocando os personagens em conflitos cada vez maiores.
A resolução da história deixa um pouco a desejar, mas não chega a estragar todo o resto.
I enjoyed this one. Some fun moments, and entirely takes place in a single room, which is always interesting to see how it's pulled off.
A group of eight candidates who are unknown to each other are vying for a role in an organisation. They are in a windowless classroom and are told by the invigilator that they have to answer one question within 80 minutes. If they spoil their answer paper or attempt to communicate with him they will be disqualified.
When it becomes apparent there is no written question the candidates start to work together to try and find a solution. As time ticks away they start to turn on each other.
This closed room film manages to make the most of its confined setting and maintains your interest by providing clues about the world and circumstances in which the room exists. The…
Amature psychology wins the day here. Pretty trite.
Completely engaging for an hour, then predictably goofy, then jaw-droppingly silly.
Exam's greatest strength comes in audience participation. You and your friends will announce your favorites early on (mine was Brown), change allegiances at least twice (White's honesty made him a late favorite), and argue about which character comes out as the good guy. The problem with the latter discussion is its easy, automatic answer. Not every character is allowed their fuck-up. Quite a few of them could walk out of the exam scot-free, safe knowing no regrets. In the hope of facilitating discussion, each of these characters needs a black mark on their performance review.
And of course there's a twist ending. It's not a good one. I imagine…
¿Por qué en estas películas siempre gana quien no hace nada? Es entretenida pero también predecible de la hostia, además de que si nos paramos treinta segundos a pensar sobre el final es fácil ver que no tiene puto sentido y derrumba toda la película.
Low budget psychological-thriller gem
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…