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.
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.
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.…
One question is really all we need to be tested to the limit. How far are we willing to go to get what we want?
That is the question of "Exam". The premise really intrigued me and it seemed like my type of film, a clever claustrophobic thriller, and I was actually surprised by the film.
The plot is, in fact, very intriguing and the film is able to keep you focused and hold your attention throughout the majority of the film. It is very suspenseful and has some very intense moments, it works, overall as a thriller.
However, some of the mystery vanishes as the film progresses because of all the exposition that is spoon-fed to the audience. That…
Entretenimento em uma salinha fechada com vários estranhos. Ou seja, cinema em sua definição menos complexa.
E o que vemos em 'Exam' é uma sala onde estranhos irão interagir diante de um mistério e fazer de tudo para passar o teste que dá título ao filme, durante um processo de busca que não se arrasta nem entedia, e de questionamentos e descobertas: sobre si mesmos, sobre os companheiros de sala e a (s) pergunta (s) misteriosa (s) que vale (m) o emprego de seus sonhos. Divertido.
Another small locked-room movie that runs too long for its concept, this one managed to be unusually satisfying because of the questions present and the possible answers dangled in front of the audience all being enough to hook a viewer in and the questions are mostly all answered at the end. The twist (as every film of this sort must have) is simple, but clever, and the smaller ones revealed at the end are easy to appreciate for their cleverness as well.
Acting isn't great here. That's not all that surprising from a small production, but two actresses felt painfully flat for too much of their performances. The rest of the cast were adequate at worst, with a few stepping…
Pretty much a one room puzzle box of a movie, it smartly movies through its various modes, throwing some unpleasant characters at us until settling down to a flashback heavy finale which may make you groan but is satisfying and wholly earned by the way the film sets it up. A surprisingly good little British gem.
Tacky yet conversational, "Exam" takes place in one room that no one is allowed to leave. The plot is reminiscent of far too many films, including "Saw 2" and "The Cube". The characters are all stereotypical and completely blown out of proportion. The film's saving grace was simply the hook of the mysterious plot line and twisting climax. Plus, I respect the fact that Stuart Hazeldine wrote, directed, produced, and auteur-ed the hell out of the film.
What is wrong with this movie? How can it think it's got an acceptable question and answer?
Before the "reveal" which is just abysmal, the only joy to be taken is that of an especially bad video game filled with varied impressions of Tom Hardy.
Your movie sucks.
Eight candidates, presumably the top echelon of job applicants, are up for an elite position at a top corporation. After being given several simple rules, being told there is one answer to one question and only 80 minutes to complete the task, they turn their exam papers over to find nothing but blank space. After some uncomfortable moments of palpable silent tension, chaos ensues as the candidates scramble to be the last person standing.
As in all groups, there is always one wannabe leader and in this room that guy decides for the rest that the only way through this is to work together. (Ah, a simpleton’s manipulation tactic…) He proceeds to give everyone a descriptive name. He’s White because,…
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