Posted on 1/06/11 01:47 PM
Sometimes cinema in it's simplest form, that is without sex drugs and special effects can be beautiful and as in this case produce an excellent movie.
I had a discussion with a good friend recently and she was telling me how all the good films recently have been based on books and was asking "where have all the great films gone?" Well based on this there are still some great movies made that aren't adaptions from books.
Written and Directed by Stuart Hazeldine Exam is so simple yet so clever, 8 candidates go for 1 job and all they have to do is answer one question and right the answer on a piece of paper.
Moreover all the 'action' in Exam is in one room, yes one room with no flashbacks or cheating from its premise you and the candidates have 80 minutes to work it all out.
I believe I actually enjoyed this so much because it was so watchable but had little obvious reasons for being so, it was full of unknowns really and (unusually for modern films) simply relied on a good story.
Put simply this movie needs really no introduction as any real discussion of the characters in any meaningful depth will spoil a viewers enjoyment.
In conclusion this movie has given me some faith back in modern cinema and (as it was made and funded in the UK)made me a bit proud to be British.