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 at home with Monnish, Daniel, and Renni
What a brilliant film!
The film is cleverly written and devised. The concept idea is fantastic and you want to watch on just to find out what happens.
The film gives great tension throughout as you wonder if the cast will slowly get killed off...but by what? by who?
It got annoying and boring real quick. It's like the movie Circle, with multiple characters. However, everyone is treated like they're in high school stuck in a room until their finished their SAT's.
Most of my excitement was seeing Pollyanna McIntosh and she was barely in it.
this was an alright movie, but it could have been better. 90% of it was just people jumping to conclusions, threatening each other, etc....it would've been better (imo) if they had kept in the direction it originally seemed to be going in. the ending was clever, but it made the rest of the movie seem pointless and stupid. it did entertain me, though, i'll give it that.
A compelling movie, and executed well considering the mono-location. Provokes thought into the futuristic realm of the human condition.
it's ok. a bit forgettable. really hated that white guy.
The viewers attention is continuously drawn as we follow the aim of the contests, which is the figure out the answer and complete their job application exam. We are transported through various changes throughout the film, not subtly, but by the actions and demands of the characters. This includes the fluctuation of lighting and character personalities throughout.
It becomes hard to get involved with the characters and their plot line due to the constant changes in the room, the script and their actions, which distances us from their internal struggle and desire for the job, therefore urgency to complete the paper.
Ultimately, this film has a clever and thought provoking ending by the director Stuart Hazeldine. However, after thinking about the ending for a few minutes after, it becomes more anti-climactic and as though the film was missing its mystery and suspense, which was thought to have been maintained throughout.
A decent little mystery/thriller with some dystopian elements to it. The performances weren't always the greatest. Film was easy to follow while also being unpredictable. Clever ending.
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