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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.
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.…
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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.
"Any questions?" "No" [proceeds to ask questions]
A film I caught on Film4 and recorded last month, Exam was a clever film that was used as a character study of how different types of people desperate for a job will react when put in a tense situation.
Though relatively low on budget, the film is well paced and well acted and I have nothing but praise for how Stuart Hazeldine put together such an interesting film based only on what happens in a single room.
Certainly worth a try if you can hunt it down.
I'm going to spoil it for you right now. The question is who would win in a fight: Goku, or Superman? And the answer... well, that may surprise you.
To put it bluntly, there are much better movies out there. The acting is a bit stunted and the outcome is vastly predictable. It was a bit creative in how to solve the one question, but I think it falls flat once they started to introduce character backgrounds.
A low-budget psychological thriller that is unfortunately tripped up by a very weak and implausible conclusion.
Eight candidates for a high powered job are given an exam paper and some ground rules by the invigilator - don't communicate with him or the room guard, don't spoil your exam paper, don't leave the room.
The problem with the paper is that it is blank, and there, in a roundabout way, is the solution. But given eighty minutes to answer the eight have to work out what the heck is going on, and in doing so trick each other, and distract each other, and in some cases, use violence to try to get ahead.
The solution or twist is staggeringly simple, which…
Good psychological thriller ! thought like 12 angry men ...
8 candidates takes up an assessment in a boxed room for a high profile corporate job. Only one will be selected.
With those elimination rules & characters trying to eliminate each other...enthralling movie till end .
An enjoyable suspense flick. A movie that makes you think throughout. Great acting makes this movie even better, while a sparse room serves as the setting of the movie. May need a second watch as there is a lot happening that is easy to miss. Colin Salmon is great as always and I really enjoyed Nathalie Cox. I've seen a number of movies like this where people are put in a room and tested, but this one stands out as one of the better ones as it even contains a pandemic type futuristic setting.
A low budget British flick with a low budget plot line. Would be much better recieved as a stage presentation than a movie. Another example raiding the Milgrim experiments as a plot device. Unoriginal.
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