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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…
Exam is a flawed but fun little mystery that has enough original ideas behind it to keep it going pretty nicely for the most part - but then predictably doesn't know what to do with its ending.
An opening credits montage of each of the candidates sets things up very impressively indeed, and although it has to fight past two or three pretty sub-standard performances, a delightfully slimy and smart-arsed Luke Mably and a suave effort from Jimi Mistry cancels these out.
Far from perfect and with one or two gaping plot holes (they have some pretty strange interpretations of 'don't ruin your paper') but still pretty good.
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.
Eight candidates make it to the final round of the selection process of a certain mysterious organization. They are all kept together in one room, given a piece of paper and pencil and are asked to figure out the answer in 80 minutes. Wait, figure out what exactly? Well, that's the question. Stuart Hazeldine's Exam has a very promising start. Having already set up an interesting scenario, the movie puts us and the characters in a confounding situation where we have to figure things out from scratch. But where to begin? Are the candidates allowed to interact? What are their limits? How will they react under pressure? Is there really any solution? Or just a hoax, a trap?
Eight people are called into an examination room and is given simple instructions to get through the last phase of a job interview.
If anyone breaks the rules they're given, they're to be escorted out of the room.
But this isn't any normal job interview.
The film transverses through the 80 minutes time period set aside for the test. The test is not a simple one, and turns out to be pretty mysterious. Who scrapes through successfully is the crux of the story.
Setting a thriller in one room is a risky decision. Over the years we have seen several attempted elevator horrors, a few closed rooms, and a coffin flick, all whilst we think back on better times with…
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A good build up but they ballsed the ending up with daft flashbacks and things that sound important but mean nothing and by the time the point of it all was addressed I'd given up caring.
Elegante presentación y un buen uso del presupuesto. La verdad es que fue una grata sorpresa encontrarse con esta película.
En sí, le vi algunas contradicciones en el guión, sobre todo cuando se mostraban flashbacks explicativos. Además, el final, que es lo que te mantiene pegado y en suspenso durante todo el largometraje, resulta ser bastante soso, y pues para mí no cumplió las expectativas. Pensaba que sería más rebuscado, imaginativo y mucho más estructurado, así como fue el desarrollo de toda la película.
Me sorprendió lo fácil que se puede mantener el suspenso y la tensión en una película, sin muchos efectos y sin rebuscarse mucho. Sólo con imaginación y un poco de psicología se puede hacer mucho.
Para ser la primera película dirigida por Stuart Hazeldine, no está nada mal.
PD: Le hará falta un rewatch para revisar todo y tratar de entenderlo mejor.
Ocho candidatos encerrados en una habitación durante ochenta minutos con el objetivo de conseguir un apetitoso puesto de trabajo. Un claustrofóbico e incisivo filme que nos transporta fácilmente al interior de cualquiera de sus protagonistas para someternos a un cruel juego de extrema violencia psicológica.
It's an intriguing concept, and it's viscerally gripping watching a film set around a small group of characters, in one room, with a ticking clock, where you don't really know anything at the start. Sadly, the execution isn't anywhere near that interesting. And the ending is predictable and kind of lame... The acting's largely pretty ropey, too. But it is at least intriguing and quite tense.
While the actors' performances were solid and the premise well set, Exam has terribly slow progression and a lackluster ending. The low budget setup worked well in establishing the claustrophobic scene for a witty thriller, and the film description was so promising. What a cheeky ending though... those last 10 minutes were such a let down.
I wasn't very invested in the film at any point nor did I at any point think it was very good but the ending still managed to really disappoint me.
Watching Exam is a very fun way to spend 102 minutes, but afterwards, it's easily forgotten. The mystery is what keeps you interested, and when the answers are finally revealed, the film as a whole loses a lot of steam. That's the biggest problem I had. Nevertheless, it's pretty clever and enjoyable.
Very interesting concept and a good job done in just having the entire movie in one room the whole time. The characters were the best or that great in many moments but can't say they were bad either. Keep a very good pace throughout until the ending which just dragged. It should have been edited and done a bit more concise but overall a decent movie.
What an awesome concept. One room, 8 people, a single task, 80 minutes. I love bottle movies, meaning films that have only one or very few sets ("bottled up") and only a handful of characters. They make for very intriguing stories.
Exam is a very solid addition to these. Not all characters are very interesting, 1 or 2 of them are very nice though my favorite being the content but cocky character played by Jimi Mistry. The big mystery that surrounds them leaves you guessing with them as they try out one thing after another until things eventually get out of hand.
The final result is baffingly simple and laughably fascinating. You may already see it in the first few minutes, but I didn't.
Definitely recommend this one. It's not the greatest thing ever made but decent enough to have a good time. Not sure if it's very interesting on a rewatch. Light 7/10.
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