Exam (2008)

Exam (2008)




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Shown into a windowless examination room, eight candidates have reached the final stage of selection for a prestigious job at a mysterious corporation. There is one question before them and one answer is required. If they try to speak to him or the armed guard by the door they will be disqualified. If they leave the room for any reason they will be disqualified. If they spoil their papers they will be disqualified. As the clock ticks down, they must figure out what the company expects of them, and how far they are prepared to go to secure the ultimate job.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Colin Salmon
as The Invigilator
Chuk Iwuji
as Black
Nathalie Cox
as Blonde
Jimi Mistry
as Brown
Adar Beck
as Dark
Gemma Chan
as Chinese
Luke Mably
as White
Chris Carey
as The Guard
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Critic Reviews for Exam

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | February 16, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy.

July 15, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
Cinema Sight

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.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Goatdog's Movies

An intriguing yet uneven thriller...

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Exam


Although it begins quite well, Exam is too unoriginal, drawing inevitable comparisons to The Apprentice and other films like Cube and El Método. However, the real problem is how pointless the story really is, reaching a frustrating ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Flawed, but still worthwhile answer to time-pass.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The premise is nihilistic but pretty cool. In the near future, eight strangers are applying for a job and a company that are not much more specified than that. They come together during the final exam, a white sheet of paper in front of then. What's missing is a question. The discussions and conflicts that arise as the clock is ticking down from 80 minutes´are sometimes realistic and sometimes a bit forced. It doesn't exactly help that none of the characters is particularly likable, but their struggle to come up with a solution to the situation is still entertaining, sometimes even exciting. The twist towards the end doesn't exactly blow you away but is still neat enough and it is refreshing that the solution lacks any sign of cynicism.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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