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Put yourself to the test, can you survive Exam?
Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: It had potential. Cover art looks good...i'm clutching at straws here.
Disadvantages: Near enough everything.
Released: 2009, Runtime: 101 minutes, Genre: Mystery, Thriller.
Film only review.
Eight candidates for a prestigious job have been given eighty minutes to complete an exam designed to test them and set the ideal candidate apart from the rest. They need to answer just one question. Easy, right? Except no one knows what the question is, they must follow a strict set of guidelines in order to find out what the question is and avoid being disqualified at all costs. One question. One answer. One job vacancy.
This is more than your average job interview.
I read a review about this film and the review had mentioned the 'question' but not what the 'question' was- curiosity ate away at me and knowing the film was available to view on netflix I sat down to watch this film at the earliest opportunity. Whilst the review hadn't raved about the film, curiosity was my motivation for choosing this film and curiosity is what got me through it. There were times throughout this film where I wanted to give up and watch something else but wanting, or rather needing to know what that ruddy 'question' was and what the equally enigmatic answer was kept me going.
I had never heard of this film before and I think that this is mainly due to the films low budget and low calibre actors. The only one I recognised was 'Jimi Mistry' and that was because he has been in Eastenders. I didn't regard any of the actors/actresses in this film as particularly outstanding. There was a general stiffness and unrealistic quality to all of the performances in this film. The script was obviously designed to replicate real conversation but it sounded far too casual and like the writer wrote it once and decided it was good enough.
The film aims to explore human nature and psyche and asks the audience to question what they would do in a similar situation. I ordinarily love films like this and whilst it did generate a bit of thought it didn't keep me gripped-there were times when I just wanted to turn over and watch something interesting. I wanted this to be a psychological thriller like the films in my recent reviews, Shutter Island, Buried, Saw etc. but sadly this film does not even remotely compare to other films in its genre. The revelation of the question, the bit I had been praying was amazing left me disappointed. I wanted an 'aha-very clever' moment, what I actually got was a 'oh' followed by a disgruntled 'hummm' noise. It wasn't worth the wait.
There are moments of absurdity in this film where things that would obviously not be allowed to happen in a job interview happen but in the films defence there are references to the outside world that indicate the setting for this film is a world different to our own, although that is never elaborated on and these references can be easily missed. The film has been compared to 'Saw'. I cannot see the connection. There was one part of this film that I found disturbing but I found this film far from gory. The film is set entirely in one room, the exam room. Some films can pull this off with clever storylines, quality acting and a great writer. This film had none of these things and therefore was disappointing. The general feeling I got from this film was that the people involved thought 'that'll do'. The concept is good and the references to the outside world were interesting and I feel with a bit of effort this could have been good but it just felt like no one could be bothered.
Overall I am glad I watched this film to satisfy my curiosity but I wouldn't recommend this film. It was like watching a bad television adaptation from decades ago and I am truly very sorry if any of you have to sit down and watch this to find out what the question/answer is. Truly sorry because it's 101 minutes of your life that you won't get back.
Summary: Not as good as I expected it to be. Boring. Not Recommended.