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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.
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.
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.…
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.
Stuart Hazeldine első egész estés játékfilmje eléggé megosztóra sikeredett. Az angol thriller érdekes alapötlettel büszkélkedhet, de a lehetőségeket nem sikerült kiaknázni és a sutácska befejezés miatt A vizsga sajnos közel sem ér annyit, mint amennyit várhattunk tőle.
A vizsga jó próbálkozás – akár thrillerként, akár zártszituációs drámaként tekintünk rá. Az eredetiségét illetően azonban már több probléma is felszínre kerül. Azok, akik látták a 2005-ös, A módszer című spanyol filmet, valószínűleg nem tudják majd kizárni az erős áthallásokat, és minden bizonnyal végül A módszer felé billen majd a mérleg nyelve. Hazeldine hiába brit rendező, nagyon amerikai próbált lenni, és ez kimondottan hátrányává vált...
8 applicants, 1 room, 1 question, 1 winner.
For those that found 'Cube' too open-plan.
Another one-location-film. Intriguing concept of what rules are.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Starting off as a chamber play around a group of misfit people applying for the same job and never really knowing that the inquiry they await to prove themselves is already happening as a sort of field test about their psychological state, personality and ability to react to extreme situations, this movie loses a lot of its initial appeal shortly after its exposition.
While Stuart Hazeldine appearantly tried to mix up the premise a couple of times, mostly to avoid getting stuck in the fairly straight forward characterizations, neither the plots twist, nor his way to create extreme tension out of nowhere really convinced me. The build up to the more extreme scenes seemed to be so detached from the…
i'm a little confused to say the least
This was a strange one. I kind of figured out part of the answer pretty early on, but it was still rather strange and I certainly didn't figure out anything else. especially the ending. It was not exactly what i was expecting, but a pretty entertaining hour and a half. Out of the four really strange films I've seen the last 2 days (Primer, Coherence, The One I Love, and this one) I think this would be 4 out of 4.
Really interesting premise, but could have been better.
Interesting brain game
Film #1 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #1: Film that takes place completely in one room.
What a movie. I wasn't sure what to think, I had never heard of this movie and typically am not one for a psychological thriller. This movie blew me away. It was riveting and complicated and a great example of human dynamics and psychology at its best. I have no doubt that if you put that many people in a room and under a hard line psychological that these personalities and outcomes would happen. Someone who emerge as the leader, someone would have motives, someone would go crazy and someone would try and manipulate everything.
Easily, this has moved into one I will highly recommend to friends.
i ripped my hair out at how dumb i am, this is honeslty one of the best movies ivE EVER SEEN, watch it and rip ur hair out, it will fuck u up the ending, will fuck u up, its a movie with a simple question and simple answer, figure it out.....
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