4 mathematicians are invited to solve an enigma. Once there, they're locked in a mechanically shrinking room and given 1 minute to solve each puzzle via cellphone while also figuring out why they're there.
Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one seemingly simple question. However, it doesn't take long for confusion to ensue and tensions to unravel.
Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.Written by
Luis Piedrahita & Rodrigo Sopeña
When working on the puzzle that revolves around two guards where one always lies and one always tells the truth, Oliva remarks that she remembers this from a movie. She's referring to the movie Labyrinth (1986) in which the character Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) had to solve the same problem. See more »
The black board they are using to solve the problems is still showing the boxes of sweets they drew from a previous problem after they drew on it again to solve the problem related to the switches. See more »
Do you know what prime numbers are? Because if you don't, you should just leave now.
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During the end credits, all accents are added later than the text appears. The character Hilbert is seen doing that continuously during the movie. See more »
Experimentos con gaseosa
Composed by J
Performed by Los Planetas
2003 BMG Music Spain, S.A. See more »
Potential, but Generic
Unfortunately Fermat's Room adds nothing new to the idea of trapping a group of people in a single room and having them slowly piece together how they know one another. The general premise of course sounds interesting (at least to me) a shrinking room and four mathematicians must solve their way out. But the problem begins right there, they are only given one minute per question, which makes it damn near impossible for the audience to keep up. Not to mention when they begin to work out the problems on the chalkboard, the camera hardly ever puts it in frame, which would have been great for the audience to kind of sole the problem along with the characters.
But instead the movie shifts focus away from the riddles/enigmas and focuses on them trying to figure out who has put them there and why. This is where Fermat's Room becomes derivative and generic, this is very familiar territory for this type of movie and it is spun in an unengaging way. I personally would have enjoyed focuses more on the enigmas and trying to include the audience more (possibly by giving the characters more time to solve them).
And the unfortunate aspect of the movie is the Spanish subtitles, they were very fast moving which didn't help things (Just something that was unavoidable sadly). Like when the characters are dissecting the enigmas, the lines of dialogue moved too quickly to follow along with how they were solving the problem.
But when all is said and done, Fermat's Room is an interesting, little thriller that has just enough distinction from other films in the genre to make it worth mentioning.
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