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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.

By: Nigel Floyd


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday January 8 2010
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

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

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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.