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Critic Reviews for Exam
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.
You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.
A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.
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.
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.
Flawed, but still worthwhile answer to time-pass.
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.
|Black:||All each of us can do today is loose what we've already won through selfishness, stupidity, and impatience!|
|Invigilator:||The test is simple in comparison, yet it will determine who leaves this room with a contract of employment, and who leaves with bus fair home.|
|Invigilator:||The test is simple in comparison, yet it will determine who leaves this room with a contract of employment, and who leaves with bus fare home.|