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Exam [DVD] [2010]

Luke Mably , Colin Salmon , Stuart Hazeldine    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Luke Mably, Colin Salmon, Jimi Mistry, Pollyanna McIntosh
  • Directors: Stuart Hazeldine
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job .

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Finding a good job in modern society is simply more than a concern for some, in fact, it can turn into a nightmare. This is the premise for EXAM, the compelling directorial debut by producer and screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine. Having learnt his trade working with sci-fi professionals as Alex Proyas (THE CROW), and having penned the 2009 blockbuster KNOWING starring Nicholas Cage, this time Hazeldine lends his talent to the investigation the human psyche, in this critically acclaimed claustrophobic thriller. A group of ambitious candidates are short-listed for the final stage of a recruiting process that will lead one of them to secure a high-profile position in a successful yet mysterious corporation. Left on their own in what seems to be a sort of panic room, the candidates will have to undergo a series of tests to prevail against one another. In reality, they will be coerced into an extenuating psychological battle, where no trickery and stratagem will be considered inappropriate. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, ...Exam

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! 17 Aug 2010
This film is for anyone who likes a film to keep them guessing right until the very end. You will never guess the ending. I thought it was superb. If you enjoy this , then get The Hide, another classic in this mould.You wont be disappointed with either. Five stars from me !
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars supurb. 4 Jun 2010
I wont bother detailing the films plot or the extras on the disc as the amazon synopsis tells you everything you need to know going into the film, and to go into any more detail may end up spoiling this excellent little british thriller.
I rented this from work because the sleeve design and a quote on the back led me to believe this is along the lines of saw, however that would be misleading as this is a much smarter film than thatand while becoming fairly brutal in places features non of the over the top gore of that franchise, if anything this feels more like the cube films, which is to say intelligent and gripping, a film which certainly keeps you guessing right up until the end (which was a slight letdown after everything else in the film but not enough to ruin things.)
The print is razor sharp on blu-ray, but as a film with a group of people in a room for an hour and a half you may wonder if the added expense of blu-ray really is worth it, the disc is great however and does not seem that much more expensive than regular dvd so i may just splash out as I really enjoyed this film, and its the kind of film i really wish we made more of in britain.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair Exam 10 Jun 2010
By Mitun
'Exam' is a British psychological suspense thriller that released theatrically in 2010. It premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009 and was met with favourable reviews.

The movie tells the story of eight candidates who have reached the final stage of a selection process to join a mysterious organisation. The final stage consists of an exam where the candidates must answer one question within eighty minutes and at the same time obeying certain rules.

I agree it's interesting and exciting, which the film is at times. It starts off in an intriguing and stylish way and really gets you thinking. But the problem for me was the middle portions of the feature where the momentum nosedived due to a lack of progression and gripping moments. The movie does get back on track towards the end with a build up of tension and then climaxes with an unpredictable twist. The twist was good, however the end result was too easy for an exam that was made out to be a complex one.

The DVD cover indicates that the movie is going to be a violent and gory affair, which is not the case. The cover is what made me rent the DVD as it grabbed my attention.

All actors perform well but the show-stealer is John Lloyd Fillingham whose character is called Deaf.

The direction provided by Stuart Hazeldine is impressive as the suspense was fine. He could've worked on the middle portions of the movie to make it more exciting.

Though the movie is British, it has an American feel to it.

The background music score provided by Stephen Barton and Matthew Cracknell is perfect for the feature.

The 'Exam' is worth sitting but is passable (I failed).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
After a nicely handled 'snapshot' introduction to them going about a few seconds of preparation, we are introduced to the eight ambitious candidates as they take their seats for the titular Exam. Colin Salmon makes a suitably harsh speech as 'The Invigilator', laying down some ground-rules, and then leaves, only for the candidates to try to address the first question of the exam, and find themselves utterly stumped. The rest of the film is a tense, very well written suspense piece as the candidates try to work out how to pass the exam, and power struggles erupt between the members of the group. The set design is nicely and cunningly handled, their seemingly boring one-room location offering a few unexpected surprises, and the characters themselves are a frequent delight, with Luke Mably's 'type A' personality 'b*stard' giving a truly memorable performance of bravura. It's a consistently interesting and engrossing thriller in which the character reveals and speculation needed to propel the plot are divulged at just the right moments to keep the momentum fast, and to throw in doubt and suspicion exactly when needed. Some cunningly nasty and mean-spirited tricks are played, and the characters' actions all feel believably driven by their personality types.
The ending was something I found immensely satisfying and a nice twist from the norm, and although some of the reasoning behind the events feels a little flimsy, it works in its context.
An extremely good tension thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exam nerves? You will have. Intriguing stuff! 13 Nov 2011
Exam is a totally original psychological British thriller, which kept me and my good lady utterly riveted for 95* of the 97 minutes running time. It cleverly keeps you guessing throughout as to who is not quite who they seem. The group's dynamic shifts frequently as each alpha male takes their turn to thump their mighty chest and each woman jockeys for position in more subtle manner. Lovers of whodunnits will find much to enjoy here. No spoilers here but I did find one of the twists rather telegraphed and easily guessed. Blu-ray image is excellent although, as the action takes place in one room, often with the lights dimmed Exam cannot really claim to showcase the HD medium.

Well worth watching!

* OK those final 2 minutes; given the high standard of the movie up to that point, I must confess to finding the denouement a slight disappointment. I suppose it did give closure of sorts but, given the whole mysterious premise and the 'less is more' maxim, perhaps it would have been better to leave the viewers with something more enigmatic. So 1 star deducted, but still an enjoyable and worthwhile movie. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Exam gets the Hollywood remake treatment before too long.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense film
What is the answer!
Great suspense film.
Published 5 days ago by Mr Rod Burden
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch.
Good film here, slightly let down ending I felt, I just felt they could have been a bit more creative.
Published 5 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars despite the ending
HAts off for this mix of Cube & The Apprentice. It rally keeps you stuck on the screen with ust few actors in a room. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple, good film.
A few people take an Exam...They are given a lecture before the exam starts..They are left with a blank sheet of paper, and a pencil/pen..The point is, there are no questions... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ern
4.0 out of 5 stars And I thought GCSEs were hard!
The Exam is an interesting little beast: filmed entirely in one room, eight applicants for a mysterious and powerful company have to sit their final entry exam. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars Original!
This was an original film, it held my families attention and caused you to think about it long after it had finished. It was well acted and the characters were well rounded. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'one room' films.
This has all the marks of a typical 'trapped in a room' film like 'The Killing Room' and 'Hunger', but what makes this better is that it does contain some quite intelligent... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Belinda Barchard
3.0 out of 5 stars worth a watch. not great.
This had the makings of a great film but was contrived nonsense. Bad acting and awful character development. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by Magida Gharz
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
Firstly, if you're looking at this film on the basis of it being a horror, or the review of "The Usual Suspects Meets Saw", then you will be disappointed. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Stephanie
2.0 out of 5 stars C -
At the risk of attracting vitriol, as this film seems to have its fair share of supporters,I have to say that i was distinctly unimpressed, and was glad that i picked it up for... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by JONESY
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