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on 10 June 2010
'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).