Exam-Examination Until Death (2009)
Stuart Hazeldine, Gareth Unwin
Stuart Hazeldine, Simon Garrity
Adar Beck, Chris Carey, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham, Chuk Iwuji, Luke Mably, Pollyanna McIntosh, Jimi Mistry, Colin Salmon
Stephen Barton, Matthew Cracknell
Hazeldine Films, Bedlam Productions
1 Hour and 41 Minutes (101 Minutes)
80 minutes - 8 candidates - 1 answer - no question
From good cases of unequal and diproswpoy British film thriller/horror. The "Exam" moves more in pathways psychological suspense thrillers, however satisfying the average horror fan. As the film follows the tradition of kleistofobikwn thrillers like "Cube", the "House Of 9" or "The Killing Room". We don't have to do though with some shameless or meaningless imitation here, but for a creative work which spearheaded an ingenious scenario, framed by serious actors and continuous suspense, the viewer WINS relatively easily.
We don't get much information about the background of the competition and the host company. The 8 candidates entering the little Hall, sit at their desks with the papers of the examination and the rapporteur clearly Announces strict but clear regulations that applicants must meet in order to continue in the competition. An armed, uniformed patrolman with a scowl, standing next to the door and throws out any violator, putting tombstone in his dreams for the coveted position. The available time is 80 minutes. Soon it becomes clear that the answer to the issue of examination is more complicated than I thought and should take actions that would either imagined in order to reach this. Of course the cooperation that attempt turns out to be fragile as suspicion, personal challenges and machinations lurk constantly manifested readily in this peculiar theatre of the absurd.
The film premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2009 and then became part of the Raindance Film Festival. Also re-arranged and for the theatre with the first show to take place in Manchester in September 2012.
From the first moments of the film becomes sympathetic mainly because of the mystery and suspense that it exudes. The suffocating environment inside the small room helps to maintain the above like strict orders given by the rapporteur. The countdown of the time the contestants in turn intensify the anxiety of the spectator who eats nails of struggling to find answers about what's happening in front of outlandish on the screen. The revelations will come but unfortunately proved inferior to expectations – full of oversimplifications and "conveniences". The script notes sharp fall in terms of inventiveness without collapsing the tight structure that had lifted up those critical moments for the finale. Anyway welcome add to mystery thriller and the psychological thriller.
- The cold, unspoken and highly effective patrolman adhere strictly to regulations for the integrity of the competition!
- The agonizing scene where contestants trying to save one of their syndiagwnizomeno from the death in search of the … the pill!
5 = Ατελείωτο λουτρό αίματος - 4 = Πολύ αιματοβαμμένο - 3 = Αιματοβαμμένο - 2 = Ελάχιστα αιματοβαμμένο - 1 = Σταγόνες αίματος - 0 = Ανυπαρξία αίματος
5 = Αριστουργηματικό! - 4 = Πολύ καλό - 3 = Καλό - 2,5 = Μέτριο - 2 = Κακό - 1 = Πολύ κακό - 0 = Δεν βλέπεται με τίποτα!
Smart script, claustrophobic environment, unstoppable suspense, good interpretations.
Occasional rough stuff in the script block, especially for the revelations of finished scenes.