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.
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.…
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.
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.
Pretty good bottle episode-type mystery. Builds up nicely.
A good mystery.
شركة تضع ٨ مرشحين في غرفة وامامهم ٨٠ دقيقة فقط للإجابة على سؤال واحد فقط فيا ترى ماهو السؤال ؟
إبداع إبداع إبداع إبداع إبداع ❤️
I'm going to put as much thought and effort into this review as the makers of the film put into Exam:
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
You know what's the worst idea ever done by a filmmaker?
"Having a countdown that is the duration of your film."
Especially when it's a bad film, which means that you are aware of every minute you're spending on it, and you realise time goes by without any further improvements in the storyline.
When I first saw the name of the film, I imagined it as a high school/college students going psychological and suspenseful, in the same way of The Killing Room, I see Exam actually had some similarities with this one (eliminating people, gun use and room stimulus) but it was a poor remake, that is tasteless and full of weak storylines..
The biggest waste was also knowing since…
Serviceable "one-room" thriller that takes a few twists and turns but ends up just like you think it will. Couple interesting ideas but nothing that really excites or surprises. Definitely not the worst film I’ve seen in the genre, and keeps your attention fairly well but it still left me feeling underwhelmed.
Right from the beginning this took itself far too seriously and assumed the audience were idiots with no critical thinking skills. The habit of stating incredibly basic information with serious expressions and flashbacks was genuinely hilarious. The idea that we were supposed to think these characters are genius' of any kind or even cared about the test they were taking was just as ridiculous. They are given an eighty minute timer for something we are told is dire, and yet the majority look blank and bored the entire duration. Until the script decides they are supposed to care, of course, so they make uncharacteristic, random decisions while still managing to have mountains of silence and inaction mixed in.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…