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A roomful of strangers discovers their dreams of a new career may be more difficult and dangerous than they imagined in this psychological thriller. Eight bright and ambitious people are in the running for a position as a top executive with a major bio-engineering firm, and they've been invited to corporate headquarters to take a test that will determine who gets the job. The assembled applicants are met by a man calling himself the Invigilator (Colin Salmon) who explains the testing process --
Nov 16, 2010
Bedlam Productions - Official Site
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Plot twists, lighting changes and shifts of tone work hard to sustain our attention, but the script sometimes becomes too involved in solving the structural challenges it has set itself.
Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy.
Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton.
Benefits from a bit of dark humor, some critically important editing tricks, and a mystery that's actually sort of ... interesting.
Despite their supposed cleverness, all the candidates here make mistakes that would be avoided by anybody with even the slightest knowledge of how these situations usually pan out in movies, and the whole thing gets very silly by the end.
The tale is ingeniously developed, the suspense well maintained, and you'll think more highly of it if you have to leave five minutes before the disappointing pay-off.
You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.
A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.
Director Stuart Hazeldine makes the most of a small budget and modest cast in a solidly put together watch-it-once thriller that's all about the process of solving the puzzle at its heart.
There are interesting ideas and scenes but also a shaggy-dog anti-climax. Still, Hazeldine is a talent to reckon with.
It's The Apprentice with obligatory torture, and a damp squib of an ending.
Sharp editing and slick cinematography mean that, though talky in places, Exam will have you gripped right up until the stop-clock strikes zero.
A slick and absorbing thriller that juggles mind horror, science fiction and ratcheted-up tension, this is an accomplished debut and useful calling card for Hazeldine.
Audience Reviews for Exam
- Black: All each of us can do today is loose what we've already won through selfishness, stupidity, and impatience!
- Invigilator: The test is simple in comparison, yet it will determine who leaves this room with a contract of employment, and who leaves with bus fare home.
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