Exam is a 2009 released British alternative reality mystery movie, written and directed by Stuart Hazeldine. It’s needless to mention that this is considered one of the great mind blowing movies of the last decade. Without spoiling it (as you already know), I’m going to say a few words of this separate reality. Why separate? It’s somewhere in the future, but it could be today or ten years ago as well. Some details are revealed one by one, without being extremely useful. Not at all. It is a charade, it is a thriller (a soft one), and it can look somehow as a dystopia. The society seemed plagued by a virus, but you’ll find out about it during the movie.
It is about eight applicants gathered in a grey room for a final test, in order to compete for one of the best possible executive jobs on earth. At least, that became obvious in the first few minutes. After all, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. They have eighty minutes to answer one question and to complete the test. There are some simple rules to keep.
It is considered a “concept film” that relies on character interaction. It is a debut for Stuart Hazeldine, an “indie” appreciated but as always happens, not everybody got it. Some movie critics consider the end being very disappointing.
All actors are largely unknown, especially in the United States, and I had thought first that it must be Canadian, or Australian. I had a feeling of recognizing one of them, or even two, but I wasn’t sure. Digging a little, I now know where I’ve seen them before.
So, there are eight contestants, a guard and a guy who calls himself the invigilator, who is in fact the rules deliverer. In the final, the movie proved to be a psychological study of human nature, nice acted and not at all boring.
To know the cast from now on, they are as follows: Adar Beck as “Dark”, Gemma Chan as “Chinese Girl”, Nathalie Cox as “Blonde”, John Lloyd Fillingham as “Deaf”, Chukwudi Iwuji as “Black”, Pollyanna McIntosh as “Brunette”, Luke Mably as “White”, Jimi Mistry (this one was in Ella Enchanted, very close to Ann Hathaway) as “Brown”, Colin Salmon as “The Invigilator”, and Chris Carey as “The Guard”.
It has been nominated for a BAFTA, for “outstanding debut”.
I wasn’t sure about the trailer, but it’s not revealing enough, on the contrary, it is enticing, a higher recommendation to watch this movie, which I have enjoyed.
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