Exam – U.K. – 2009 – Written & Directed by Stuart Hazeldine
Exam is definitely a puzzle for your brain. Suspenseful, complex, intelligent, absolutely fantastic. It really keeps you guessing the entire movie, leaving you with an ending you wouldn’t expect. The Film takes place in one room with 8 candidates, an armed guard, and a man called the Invigilator. The candidates are competing for a job “the ultimate job”. They are given three strict rules; 1. you can not talk to the guard or the Invigilator, 2. Do not spoil the paper in front of you, on purpose or by accident, 3. you cannot at anytime or for any reason leave the room before time is up. Break any of these rules and you will be immediately disqualified. They have 80 minutes to answer one question. Problem is when the timer starts and they turn over their papers, they’re blank. It doesn’t take them long to discover that they can speak to each other, and soon they decide to work together to find the question. Even though they are “working together” to find this all important question they are still very much working against each other, making use of every opportunity to sabotage one another.
This film really gives you an interesting glimpse into the human personality. You must have ambition to reach the ultimate goal, but do you sacrifice your moral values to achieve it? Where do we draw the line? Is there a line? Do we care about the line? How or what makes you decide which is more important; personal gain or compassion? This film asked all of these questions, and I thought, dealt with them in a unique way. This film deserves a second viewing, there are a lot of subtle details you can’t help but miss the first time. Though the first view will be the best because you won’t know whats coming.