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.…
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,…
Low budget TV sci-fi triler koji drži u napetosti i zabavan je više-manje od početka do kraja. Ima par (manjih) plot holeova, ima katastrofalne glume, sve skupa se događa u jednoj sobi i definitivno je izgledom monoton, ali sve to skupa nije previše bitno jer realno od ovakve vrste filmova nitko ne očekuje vizualno-audijski (heheheheheheh) spektakl. Cijela premise je dosta zabavna i pogađanje tko je good, a tko bad guy i onoga što će se iduće dogoditi nekako drži uz ekran cijelo vrijeme, jer ponekad je predvidljivo, a ponekada bome uopće nije. Film isto tako ne traje predugo, tako da sve u svemu definitivno worth watching.
When you watch films like this you really are just looking for a solid exploration of the premise. Character development is a plus, everything else is unnecessary and will probably go un-appreciated. I would say that this film delivered the premise, and a little bit more, with fluidity and with enough complexity to keep me engaged the whole time. Although the trailer spoiled a hell of lot of it, there was still a lot of content that was surprising and unexpected. Maybe I was just looking for this to be good. It was decidedly B grade, but it still managed to a high concept thriller.
Sort of like watching an escape room play out with more serious consequences.
It was kind of like the Cube, which I also thought was a great movie.
Hot take: the white guy is the buff British Chris Hardwick.
I already self-coined the term "netflixcore" in my review for Circle, but this one is definitely one of the originators.
I feel as if this movie has been on Netflix basically since Netflix was created. It's always there, with its semi-intriguing premise and low-budget thriller promise.
What can I say, it's netflixcore. It's conceptual mystery/thriller/room drama and it's a nice one-time viewing for when you're bored enough. It's sat in my queue far too long for me to continue ignoring it.
A personal favorite; might not have the best quality or depth of dialogue & character, but it's a masterclass in structure that has one of my favorite twists in a film, ever. It's also one that adapts with every viewing, both internally and externally - impressive given the very simplistic structure. One of those "unconditional love" 5-star films for me that I'll be revisiting countless times in the future.
Un po' troppo telefonato, se si è sufficientemente scafati ed un minimo attenti si capisce tutto ben presto, per di più è anche disseminato di indizi gratuiti e fa eccessivamente ricorso alla detestabile tecnica del flash back in bianco e nero. Un mind gaming for dummies con in più un sottofondo filosofico piuttosto risibile e superficiale. Però intrattiene il giusto.
Interesting idea, but very poorly executed. Most of the "twists" were clear from the start, and the final reveal was a bit underwhelming.
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