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.


Stuart Hazeldine


Stuart Hazeldine, Simon Garrity (story) | 1 more credit »
4,159 ( 237)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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


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 »


Mystery | Thriller


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Did You Know?


This movie was remade in Telugu Language (India) with the title Key and it was released in 2011. See more »


If the paper had in fact been photo paper the white lights in the room during the previous 20+ minutes would have ruined the image anyway. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Alien (1979) See more »

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1 July 2012 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Q.1. What are the biggest influences on Stuart Hazeldine's EXAM?

Q.2. Will the film disappoint those looking for a decent dose of graphic gore?

Q.3. Is there a flashback scene towards the end of the film that 'cleverly' reveals what the hell has been going on?

Q.4. Are there any plot holes/lapses in logic/moments of sheer stupidity that make this film hard to swallow?

Q.5. Express as a percentage the likelihood that the winner in the film will be a woman.

Q.6. If a person infected with the film's virus must take one pill every hour to stay alive, how many pills will he consume in a year?

Q.7. Is this film worth watching?

Q.8. What rating does the film deserve out of 10?


Q.1. Saw, Cube, TV's The Apprentice

Q.2. Undoubtedly. Although the film suggests that the candidates are competing for a 'job you would kill for', the level of violence is remarkably low.

Q.3. The first film mentioned in the answer to Question 1 is Saw; what do you think?

Q.4. Do bears do their proverbial in the woods?

Q.5. 100%

Q.6. 8760, provided he or she is able to wake up every hour, every night to continue the treatment—which is unlikely.

Q.7. Surprisingly, yes. Although the script is highly preposterous and raises many questions, the movie flows impressively in real time, the cast put in convincing performances, and director Hazeldine maintains a reasonable level of tension and intrigue throughout.

Q.8. 6.5/10 (rounded up to 7 for IMDb)—it's entertaining despite its obvious flaws.

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English | French | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 June 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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2.35 : 1
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