Exam (2009)

Exam is the first movie by Stuart Hazeldine, starring Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham, Chukwudi Iwuji, Luke Mably, Pollyanna McIntosh and Jimi Mistry.

Plot:
Eight candidates for a job come together to take one final exam before they are chosen (or not) for the new job. The rules for the exam are read: They have 80 minutes to answer a single question. But when they turn their sheets over, they’re empty. Unsure and with a rising sense of panic, they try to figure out what’s going on.

Exam tries not to fall into the usual pifalls of the “a group of strangers are locked into a room together with an unclear objective” genre and mostly, it succeeds, though it tries a little too hard. Unfortunately towards the end it gets a little derailed by a convoluted plot.

[SPOILERS]

I appreciated it that Hazeldine didn’t try to go for either of the usual explanations (psychological experiment/sadistic pleasure). It’s not the pretense of a job interview, it actually is one – albeit a very strange one. With the explanation at the end, it kinda makes sense. I mean, it’s probably the most complicated way ever to find the right person for the job, but there is some reason there.

But I do think that the plot and explanation got a little too over the top at the end there. Up until the last ten minutes or so, the tension was good and I was caught up but when the actual solution started, I just went, “yeah, right” over and over again.

I liked the Surprise!SciFi, with the virus etc. It explained, at least to a certain degree, why people would freak that much in such a short time and for a job. [Personally, I probably would have just pulled out my book and waited for the 80 minutes if confronted with a test with no questions. But then again, I probably wouldn’t have been the right person for the job.]

For a low-budget production, this movie looks very good. Of course, they didn’t have to spend much on sets, but I also liked the cinematography.

Summarising: Very decent.

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  1. Pingback: “Exam”: Social experiment or job interview? « Radu presents: The Movie-Photo Blog

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