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Exam (2009)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 17 June 2010 (Hong Kong)
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Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel.

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Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don't talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don't spoil their papers and don't leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they're completely blank. After the initial confusion has subsided, one frustrated candidate writes 'I believe I deserve...,' and is promptly ejected for spoiling. The remaining candidates soon figure out they're permitted to talk to each other, and they agree to cooperate in order to figure out the question: then they can compete to answer it. At first they suspect the question may be hidden in their papers like a security marker in a credit card, and they figure out ways to change their environment to expose ... Written by Stuart Hazeldine

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On 4 September 2012, a stage adaptation of the film opened in Manchester. See more »

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The sprinkler system thermal sensor capsules are not installed and water should flow out continuously. See more »

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[first lines]
Brunette: I want this. I do. I want it.
Black: [grasping his pendant cross] I can do all things. *All* things.
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The opening credits that give out only the name of the actors have numbers 1-9 in ascending order, prefixed before their names. See more »

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References Alien (1979) See more »

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exciting, topical thriller
29 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this pic at the recent Edinburgh Film Festival and it is certainly not The Apprentice. More like 12 Angry Men meets Cube.

Photographed in the impressive cinemascope screen shape and very sharply edited, the director takes us on a psychological journey where the characters, who are at first cagey, gradually open up to reveal their true identities. This manifests itself in various ways as the candidates gradually step up to bat and take each other on in a variety of ways. Some good, some bad, some horrific - but always interesting.

Perhaps a tad talky in the centre section but it builds to an exciting and clever climax that wields a distinct note of hope and positivity.


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