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Exam (2008)



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Shown into a windowless examination room, eight candidates have reached the final stage of selection for a prestigious job at a mysterious corporation. There is one question before them and one answer is required. If they try to speak to him or the armed guard by the door they will be disqualified. If they leave the room for any reason they will be disqualified. If they spoil their papers they will be disqualified. As the clock ticks down, they must figure out what the company expects of them, and how far they are prepared to go to secure the ultimate job.

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Colin Salmon
as The Invigilator
Gemma Chan
as Chinese
Chris Carey
as The Guard
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Critic Reviews for Exam

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

This low-budget British chamber piece has an intriguing scenario, so it's a shame that the po-faced, sci-fi-tinged screenplay fixates on the applicants' efforts to detect invisible ink on their exam papers.

January 15, 2010

You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.

January 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Plot twists, lighting changes and shifts of tone work hard to sustain our attention, but the script sometimes becomes too involved in solving the structural challenges it has set itself.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fundamentally pointless.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There are interesting ideas and scenes but also a shaggy-dog anti-climax. Still, Hazeldine is a talent to reckon with.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Exam


Although it begins quite well, Exam is too unoriginal and only draws inevitable comparisons to The Apprentice and films like Cube and The Method. However, the real problem is how pointless the story really is, including a frustrating ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Flawed, but still worthwhile answer to time-pass.

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familiar stranger

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The premise is nihilistic but pretty cool. In the near future, eight strangers are applying for a job and a company that are not much more specified than that. They come together during the final exam, a white sheet of paper in front of then. What's missing is a question. The discussions and conflicts that arise as the clock is ticking down from 80 minutes´are sometimes realistic and sometimes a bit forced. It doesn't exactly help that none of the characters is particularly likable, but their struggle to come up with a solution to the situation is still entertaining, sometimes even exciting. The twist towards the end doesn't exactly blow you away but is still neat enough and it is refreshing that the solution lacks any sign of cynicism.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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