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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.
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.
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.
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?
A mystery movie with a complete let down of an ending.
Similar in theme to CUBE, this is a story of eight candidates who have to work out a way of winning a job selection process.
**Part of 'The Greatest One Location Films Ever?' list**
Superb UK indie, one location thriller by Stuart Hazeldine in his directorial debut about a group of candidates at the final stage selection process for a lucrative job where they are locked in a room - the only room of the film - & tasked with answering a single question in order to succeed.
Superbly tense & intriguing film - & massively underrated, too.
Definitely one of the best one location films out there to date. This will be high up on the list.
Well that was unexpected.
So...basically Saw. With less gore.
Random Netflix watch. I always dig this genre of film. The strangers trapped in a room type of movie. It's usually an experiment or a game and normally ends in deaths. This one was good but not great. My main issue being used to movies like this is that the stakes weren't high enough. It was still interesting but knowing the people could leave whenever they wanted kind of took away any tension for me. It was a decent enough time waster though.
An interesting thought experiment of a film, that definitely shouldn't be watched if you're in the middle of a job application process.
I don't think it completely escapes from its theatrical play like set-up, but it was a fun, tightly written thriller.
Put another one on my list of 'Movies That Had Me Mildly Intrigued Until the Last Five Minutes Where the Reveal Causes Everything to Fall Apart'.
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward…
- Human Traffic
- Come and See
- Holy Motors
- Rear Window
- 12 Angry Men
- Panic Room
- The Breakfast Club
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- The Eagleman Stag
- Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure
- Eyes Without a Face
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