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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
First-time director Stuart Hazeldine’s clever puzzle movie poses an intriguing question: what if eight job candidates, trapped in a secure room to compete for a coveted position with a powerful but secretive corporation, found that the final exam paper was blank? The Invigilator’s rules are simple: no talking to him or the armed guard, no spoiling of papers, no leaving the room. But what is the question? With the clock ticking, the film unspools in real time, and the archetypal candidates – White, Brown, Blonde, Deaf, Black, Brunette, Chinese Girl, Dark – reveal their personalities, ruthless ambition and hidden personal agendas through their starkly different reactions to the conundrum. 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. This distracts us from the characters themselves, as what started out as a short film stretches its material and our credulity to the limit.



Release details

Release date:
Friday January 8 2010
101 mins

Cast and crew

Stuart Hazeldine
Stuart Hazeldine, Simon Garrity
Luke Mably
Adar Beck
Chris Carey
Gemma Chan
Nathalie Cox
John Lloyd Fillingham
Jimi Mistry
Colin Salmon

Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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I agree with you that this film is worth seeing by many people because this film is intelligent and interesting. The film about the exam should be watched by students so that they understand how they look for other people when they pass exams, do homework, use the services of the research paper writing service https://uk.papersowl.com/research-paper-writing-service, copy homework from a friend, worry about grades and so on. This film is truthful and displays real students as they are in real life today.

I was fortunate enough to see a prescreening of this film. An excellent film that captures one's attention from the beginning to the end. Even though the movie is only set in one room, it does not becoming boring. It rather ads to the tension that is sensible throughout the entire movie. Where the Time Out critic believes the script distracts one, he forget that that is the essence of the story. The movie tries to have the audience question themselves as it is a clear commentary on modern competitiveness for jobs. It is a movie one should see if one likes clever/gripping movies.