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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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Stuart Hazeldine

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Stuart Hazeldine, Simon Garrity (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adar Beck ... Dark
Gemma Chan ... Chinese Girl
Nathalie Cox ... Blonde
John Lloyd Fillingham ... Deaf
Chukwudi Iwuji ... Black (as Chuk Iwuji)
Pollyanna McIntosh ... Brunette
Luke Mably ... White
Jimi Mistry ... Brown
Colin Salmon ... The Invigilator
Chris Carey Chris Carey ... The Guard
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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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How far would you go to win the ultimate job? See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English | French | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 June 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ispit See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Low-budget gem
8 June 2010 | by BernardoLimaSee all my reviews

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. Soon enough, the candidates begin to uncover each other's background, prejudices and hidden agendas. Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job.

Exam is a gem of a film. This low budget psychological thriller is very clever, incredibly entertaining and the production values are all far better then you would expect from such an unknown film. It's tense, mysterious and has a great atmosphere, and more importantly it stimulates your brain. It's impossible to not get caught up in the story and try to figure out just what the hell is actually going on. It couldn't be more engaging.

There's not one well-known actor in this cast and yet, for the most part, the acting was great. One actor, Luke Mably, really stood out though. But what really made the film work was undeniably, the impeccable direction. In conclusion, Exam is a great low-budget thriller that puts many Hollywood blockbusters to shame. Definitely worth seeing and I'll be sure to check Stuart Hazeldine's next project after such a promising debut.

7.5/10


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